And the Darwin Award goes to….

Video of people standing dangerously close to Icelandic volcano (I think they’re nuts) while volcanic bombs fly through the air.
The lava is flowing like a rampaging river overflowing its banks.

Video taken on Friday night, 19 March 2021, of the erupting volcano in Iceland in the Fagradalsfjall mountains area.

The videographer  took what he (she?) describes as “a 3-hour difficult hike to see this once in a lifetime wonder of the earth.”

The video contains some spectacular footage of the Icelandic volcano eruption where you can see the lava splashing and flowing very aggressively.

(* A volcanic bomb is a mass of molten rock (tephra) larger than 64 mm (2.5 inches) in diameter, formed when a volcano ejects viscous lava fragment while erupting.)

Thanks to Laurel for this video

“Lotta Darwin award contenders here,” says Laurel. “The flows from the side vents aren’t slow or small.”

Here’s some drone footage of the same volcano:

Now picture such an eruption underwater, and imagine how much heat would pour into the ocean. That lava is probably running at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit or more.

Remember, Iceland is a part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a 40,000-mile-long chain of underwater volcanoes.

19 thoughts on “And the Darwin Award goes to….”

  1. These spectators have forgotten about the visitors to White Island volcano which was assumed to be safe.

    • White Island has never been a “safe” volcano in its history . Sulphur was mined on the island until the 1930s. Ten miners were killed in 1914 when part of the crater wall collapsed.
      White Island is a different type of volcano than the latest Iceland one . White Island’s Magma (Lava) contains a lot more gas and water (steam) than the Iceland example . This fact makes it prone to relatively violent eruptions and Pyroclastic flows which is what killed 22 people in 2019. This Iceland volcano is relatively low in gas and cannot “explode” like White Island . It can flow like it is for months , years , decades (see Hawaii for examples)

    • yeah and that one wasnt showing lava just steam vents and the deaths and ongoing pain n suffering of the survivors is pretty horrible.
      wouldnt be any way to escape death or loss of bodyparts if lava hit you

  2. The people are not “close” to the volcano and are in very little danger , they are actually over 65 meters away from the cone , well out of range of the bombs . The video illustrates an optical illusion (perspective distorting ) common with telephoto lenses when used . Telephoto lenses , as used here , appear to foreshorten the view, making distant objects appear to bunch up against nearer ones. It’s an optical illusion.
    The surprising reality is that we actually see the perspective distorting with our own eyes but our brain, being aware of how close the prime object is (the people in this case ) , unconsciously compensates.

    • … The people are not “close” to the volcano and are in very little danger , they are actually over 65 meters away from the cone , well out of range of the bombs.. so 65 meters is the new recommended stand back safe distance as recommended by Don the volcanologist bomb projectile expert likely to ensure many more Darwin Award winners. Remember it’s not illegal for volcanoes to throw hot rocks and kill zombies who don’t understand the physics.

      The world record for throwing a baseball (which is extremely hard, round and certainly stone-like) is around 135.9 metres. The record for throwing a cricket ball (slightly larger, and even harder) is around 135.6 metres.

      Volcanic bombs can be thrown many kilometres from an erupting vent, and often acquire aerodynamic shapes during their flight. Bombs can be extremely large; the 1935 eruption of Mount Asama in Japan expelled bombs measuring 5–6 m (16-20 ft) in diameter up to 600 m (2,000 ft) from the vent. Volcanic bombs are a significant volcanic hazard, and can cause severe injuries and death to people in an eruption zone. One such incident occurred at Galeras volcano in Colombia in 1993; six people near the summit were killed and several seriously injured by lava bombs when the volcano erupted unexpectedly.

    • I was going to say the same thing… “forced perspective”.
      They are on a hill with a valley in between them and the volcano vent. But, it does show you how LARGE the vents are.

  3. Standing in front of the lava flow, was dumb to do. I enjoyed the video vicariously through them, but I would be staying far away from the volcano personally.

  4. Except they are not as close as the telephoto video makes it look. See another video: In the drone footage you can see the distance from that hilltop with spectators, to the volcano and lava flows.

    Quite safe. I’d stand there. It’s actually (so far) a very well behaved and pretty, kawai volcano. Hope it stays that way.

  5. Typical american frightened maskers
    I admire these people. It`s not something you see often in a lifetime and they are experiencing it. Good for them.
    Great video

  6. Who ever said the descendants of Vikings were cowards? Adventurous risk takers more likely.

  7. At the early part of this video, I thought that the “forced perspective” of telephoto lenses could make the spectators on a separate ridge from the eruption look much closer.
    Later, I see the spectators at the very edge of the advancing flow.
    They obviously took none of the precautions that actual Volcanologists do, when they approach this closely.
    Someone should alert their Insurance providers.

  8. Das ist nicht gut…

    World renown vaccine specialist, Geert Vanden Bossche, gave a groundbreaking interview this week risking his reputation and his career by bravely speaking out against administration of #Covid19 vaccines. In what may be one of the most important stories ever covered by The Highwire, the vaccine developer shared his extreme concerns about these vaccines in particular and why we may be on track to creating a global immunity catastrophe…. w/ illustrated breakdown by Del Bigtree.
    … and Dr. Vernon Coleman concurs.

    ht tps://

    … and the eugenics mind control Project_MKULTRA experts at McGill say on 24 Mar 2021
    ht tps://
    … and
    ht tps://
    *[so I’d go with the McGill Project_MKULTRA experts]

    … je nachdem, in welchem ​​Team du bist.

  9. If I had such an eruption occurring in my state, I would definitely drive for hours and then walk for over 3 hours to see something like this.
    The live video feed is pretty cool at night because the area is lit up by the volcano… and then you can see where the people are from the THOUSANDS of flashlights.
    Thousands of people see this volcano every day and many come during the night.

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