"Eruption 1973" Vestmannaeyjar by hjartarson

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The volcanic eruption in Vestmannaeyjar in 1973 is, without doubt, considered the largest natural disaster in Iceland in recent history. The eruption begun on January 23rd on the island of Heimaey , the only populated island of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. After the evacuation of the inhabitants, and during the 5 months while the eruption lasted, there was much uncertainty as to whether or not the island could ever be repopulated.

The eruption, the destruction of a large part of the town, and the changed landscape of this tiny island made world news and when it was over, tourists and scientists alike from all over the world visited the island to witness the fury and the results of nature's forces.

Now more than 30 years have passed and the memories and signs of that spectacular natural fury are somewhat fading, but the lava and ash of the eruption silently covers almost 400 homes and buildings, a third of the town in 1973.

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  • Dec 24, 2005 at 5:30 AM

    Want to wish you a God Jul - Merry Christmas - and a great 2006, filled with lots of travels!!!:o)

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    Nov 18, 2005 at 9:15 AM

    Hi Gudni, Glad you stopped by my Travel Pages. We have something in common, we both like Aquariums. Can't wait till you tell us more about your Island. Mike

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