Drone video of unreal lava “flood” at Fagradalsfjall volcano

Did you see the image that comes with this story? Of all of the Iceland volcano drone videos we’ve seen, this one – showing lava literally overflowing the entire volcano – is perhaps the most spectacular.

The more we see, the more we realize that Iceland’s Fagradalsfjall volcano is almost like a living thing, in a state of constant evolution. Its behavior can change by the hour, with it even appearing to take extended breaks in its ongoing eruption.

But this? This piece of video captures a huge release of lava that literally subsumes the entire volcano.

Magma and lava

Magma is found, as you likely know, beneath the surface of the earth. It’s super-hot and in a semi-liquid state. When it finds its way to the surface and begins to cool, it’s called lava. All igneous rock is formed this way (or at least that’s our understanding – but hey, we’re drone geeks and not volcanologists).

The pressure exerted by magma waxes and wanes. And so…