Iceland is home to 130 active and inactive volcanoes. One of its sleeping giants, 1,302-foot-high Fagradalsfjall, was dormant for nearly 1,000 years. But now it’s wide awake after erupting last Friday, 3/19. Prior to the eruption, more than 40,000 earthquakes were recorded in the past three weeks in Iceland, including 17,000 in ONE WEEK.

Fagradalsfjall is located just 25 miles away from Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland. After the eruption on Friday, March 19, all air traffic had been halted at the nation’s largest airport.

Gas pollution from the eruptions is not expected to have a significant impact on the health of residents the capital-area in the next few days.

The valley where the eruption is taking place is home to an ancient burial site dating back to before the year 1000 and could now be covered forever. Archeologists rushed into place yesterday to do some "rescue excavations."

Bjorn Steinbekk has the YouTube channel ‘A Guy With a Drone’ and he took his through an erupting volcano.

Before last Friday’s eruptions, the most recent known eruption in Iceland was in 2014.

Iceland’s economy relies on the geothermal forces. The vast majority of hot water in the country is pumped directly from the earth to people’s faucets, allowing for cheap heating. Vegetables and fruits are grown year-round in greenhouses, allowing for fresh world produce even in the dead of winter.

Iceland also produces about 30% of its electricity at geothermal power-stations; as the rest is hydro-electric, Iceland is one of the world’s few countries that almost entirely uses renewable sources of energy.

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