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Sunday 21 April 2019

Aerial footage shows huge volcanic eruption in Iceland

Aerial footage shows lava pouring from Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, five months after it began to erupt in August last year

It looks like something out of a Game of Thrones episode, but this is the real place where ice and fire meet.

Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has been erupting continuously over the last five months and, according to Icelandic Met Office, is triggering small earthquakes in the area every day.

The constant eruption has created the Holuhraun lava field, which has cut a swathe across the north Atlantic island and measures a whopping 33 square miles, according to Nasa.

It is Iceland's largest flow since the Laki eruption in 1784, with lava flowing over the last few weeks at an estimated 50 to 70 cubic metres per second .

High levels of sulphuric dioxide are still being recorded in the area, which has triggered evacuations of villages - and tourists and hikers are being kept away from this extreme landscape.

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