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Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland - 3

Posted by
Vaido (Võrumaa, Estonia) on 29 September 2012 in Landscape & Rural.

On January of 1973 a volcanic eruption of the mountain Eldfell began on Heimaey. When the fissures closed, the eruption converted to a concentrated lava flow that headed toward the harbour. During the night, the 5000 inhabitants of the island were evacuated, mostly by fishing boats, as almost the entire fishing fleet was in dock.
The encroaching lava flow threatened to destroy the harbour, the main source of livelihood for most of the town. Townspeople constantly sprayed the lava with cold seawater, causing some of it to solidify and much to be diverted, thus saving the harbour from destruction. During the eruption, half of the town was crushed and the island expanded in length.
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1973. aasta jaanuaris purskas Heimaey linna lähedale tekkinud vulkaan Eldfell. Saare rahvastik evakueeriti kiiresti kohaliku laevastiku laevadega. Linn kattus mitmemeetrilise tuhakihiga. Tulikuum laava voolas aeglaselt sadama poole ning ähvardas selle hävitada, laavavool peatati leidlikult külma merevee abil. Selle tagajärjel tekkis sadamale looduslik lisakaitse ookeanilainete eest.
Pärast seda hakati Heimaey linna ka "Põhja-Pompeiks" kutsuma.
Mõnusat eestikeelset lugemist Vestmannaeyjari saarte kohta leiab ka siit...

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Iceland @ August 2010

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Denise from granby, québec, Canada

Superb image!

29 Sep 2012 2:12pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

woooooow!
very nice & amazing!!!
so beautiful colors & lights!!!!

29 Sep 2012 5:22pm

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Great portrait for this landscape. Wonderful colors and details. I like a lot the compo, very close to your description of the image.

29 Sep 2012 7:42pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I can only imagine such a scary event as you describe. However, we did live through the eruption of Mount Saint Helens in 1980. That was scary enough.

30 Sep 2012 10:01pm

franz from Baden, Austria

great view over the town ... i remember standing on that hill 9 years ago and almost being blown over by the storm ...

1 Oct 2012 9:00pm

LoulouPix from New York, United States

Congratulations Vaido,
This beautiful landscape is among the favorites for the basic editing challenge.
Love the layering and all the textures.

21 Nov 2012 1:17am

@LoulouPix: Thank you, Sebastien!