The dailymail.co.uk featured some images taken 15 meters (49 feet) from the Holuhraun eruption by cameraman Valdimar Leifsson yesterday. Images of the volcano’s glow in the sky seen from Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, taken by geologist Örn Óskarsson, were also featured.
“The glow is created by a pool of lava lying in the volcano’s crater and reflecting in the sky above. And as it bounces back down onto the waters of a lagoon, pictured in the foreground, the red glow stretches to become a rippled red pillar,” dailymail.co.uk reports.
The lack of wind, a clear sky and temperatures of over 8ºC (46ºF) made it possible for Örn, who had been hunting the northern lights, to see the reflections clearly.
Valdimar said the experience of being so close to the eruption had left him in awe of nature. “You feel very, very small in a moment like this in front of a 100-m high melted lava fountain ... I realised acutely how small and insignificant we are, compared to the awesome power of natural forces.”
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