It was clear that something was about to happen. In recent weeks, there have been at least 40,000 earthquakes in Iceland. Usually there are between 1,000 and 3,000 per year. One of those earthquakes was at a magnitude of 5.7.
Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are no exception in Iceland, but this volcano is said to have not erupted in the last 6,000 years. In the entire peninsula where Fagradalsfjall is located, no volcano has erupted in the last eight centuries.
Iceland has a total of 32 volcanoes that are considered active. On average, there is a volcanic eruption every five years. In 2010, Eyjafjallajökull volcano stopped air traffic over the Atlantic for a long time. Then more than 100,000 flights were canceled.
Iceland lies on the fault line between two major tectonic plates, the Eurasian Plate and North America. The two plates go in a different direction and thus the Icelandic fragmentation. In fact, Iceland is no more than part of a huge undersea mountain range, the Mid-Atlantic mountain range, which stretches from north to south across the Atlantic Ocean. The Portuguese Azores and some small islands in the south are also part of the undersea mountain range. There are also volcanoes.