Good Morning America’s chief meteorologist Ginger Zee was thoroughly impressed by the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun in Iceland’s northeastern highlands, from where she anchored the show’s live broadcast yesterday.
“>2100 degrees & we got less than 400 ft above it,” Zee tweeted, pointing out, “Lava field the size of Manhattan,” concluding, “I could definitely have stayed in Iceland a bit longer! Beautiful.”
For security reasons, Zee was standing far away from the eruption itself, at the edge of the new lava field, but her camera crew flew drones over the crater, catching footage of bubbling, red-hot lava.
Meanwhile, Zee interviewed Icelandic geologist Björn Oddsson, who explained what could be seen in the footage, such as that there had originally been more than one crater but that they have now merged, forming a lava lake or river.
Björn also talked about the risk of flash flooding if the mother volcano, Bárðarbunga, which lies under Vatnajökull glacier, were to erupt.
The video can be watched here.