Up to 426 foot high lava fountains

Up to 426 foot high lava fountains

130 meters! – That’s the height of a 42-story building!

Since there are no people or buildings nearby, when you see photos of the Holuhraun eruptions, or even when you see videos, it’s hard to comprehend the scale.

Lava fountains - Credit - University of Iceland Ármann-Höskuldsson
Lava fountains – Credit – University of Iceland Ármann-Höskuldsson

Perhaps this will help.

“The highest lava fountains rise up to 130 meters from the craters,” says volcanologist Armann Hoskuldsson, who has been monitoring the event.

Photo credit: University of Iceland/Ármann Höskuldsson



22 thoughts on “Up to 426 foot high lava fountains

  1. 130 meters = 427 feet

    Space Needle = 184 meters or 605 feet

    Statue of Liberty Ground to torch = 93 meters 305 feet 1 inch

    Brooklyn Bridge = 84 meters or 277 feet above water

    Woof, that’s one heck of a lava geyser.

    • No. Wait. Nature doesn’t hurt us, only humans.

      Hurt us? What do you mean hurt us? CO2 is plant food. How can that hurt us?

      But…but… but President Obama, the EPA, the Supreme Court, the U.N…..? They can’t be no good, dirty, low-down liars… can they?

      • You have to understand that naturally released CO2 is plant food. The volcano is creating naturally released co2, thus it is good co2. It’s only man made co2, with the exception, at this time at least, of that which we exhale, that is “bad” co2 and therefore NOT plant food, but Venus creating co2.

    • At the moment this eruption alone is pouring out more SO2 than the whole world’s human production.

      I saw some Iceland Met office figures a day or so ago. 80%+ of the emissions are H20. 15% CO2 and 5% SO2 + assorted.
      If the fluorine count increases this will be a real worry.

      There are some reports that the Laki fissure eruptions of the 18th century had lava fountains over a kilometer high.

      • Last time I looked, it was 20,000 tones of SO2 DAILY! More than all of Europe.
        This is not a pleasant place to be.
        But the real issue is fluorine, as someone mentioned earlier. If it starts to ramp up we are all in trouble.

  2. I was watching a show on the History channel the other day and it indicated that in the past, Earth’s temperatures had increased due to more and more volcanic eruptions. But I’ve also been reading here that the earth would be expected to cool due to more volcanic activity. So why the two scenarios?

    • Because the History Channel is a tool of the alarmists who are making money (your tax dollars) off of … well, alarmism.

    • SO2 and ash in the atmosphere reflects more heat back into space. The effects can be regionalised, Icelandic erruptions tend to affect Europe more than other regions further West, this is due to the prevaling westerlies flowing over Iceland. Iclandic SO2 has now been detected in Northern France.

  3. Volcanic eruptions cool the earth by producing sulphur components which reflect back the Sun’s life and heat. As for the CO2 they produce, the plants may love it, but it does not much to heat the planet.

  4. Don’t worry about all the CO2… It’s the sulfur and sulfates that can hurt living things downwind. And has anybody looked at the fluorides coming out? That, too, could be a major problem for animals feeding off affected vegetation.

    • I would be worried about both
      and I saw an item where they are rounding up the herds, bit earlier than the usual pre winter collection.
      anything they want to keep n keep healthy will need to be shedded and fed from outside sources or prestored hay etc.
      airquality lung damage etc is the next issue for all livestock.

  5. So far, this is just a “little” eruption. If things go badly, it could be far bigger than Laki, which was reported to have lava shooting a kilometer into the sky.

  6. The Siberian Traps that erupted half an eon ago featured 1000-foot-tall lava CURTAINS across the entire continent. Nearly destroyed all life, but the floor show was worth it.

    • Where do you guys even see history on the History Channel? I see trucking shows and pawn shop adventures and guys who collect trash from the south and bring it to Iowa. Haven’t seen much history at all.

  7. It seems like Kīlauea to me. This effusive eruption may take a few months as well as many years. I hope for Laki 2.0 event 😉

    • I hope not, I’m down wind of that lot. As is most of Europe. I dont want my lungs rotting though SO2, or not being able to grow veg in my garden because of ash poisoniong risks. Laki 1.0 did exactly that in Iceland and Scotland.

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