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Classic video of Katia Kraft - volcanologist who traveled the world visiting eruptions and eventually was killed in a pyroclastic flow in Japan. This lava flow was at Katla volcano, Iceland. 

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Eyjafjallajokull erupting in 2011, Iceland.

Yes, these images are real. Ashy volcanic eruptions can create intense static electricity, allowing lightening to form.

Important to note: Iceland rests on 1) the mid-Atlantic ridge, which is a divergent plate tectonic boundary/active spreading center (magma comes up from the mantle along this crack, as seen in the map above) AND 2) a hotspot (an extra hot location in Earth’s mantle that creates an excess amount of magma).

So basically, Iceland is one massive volcano clusterfuck.

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ICELAND, LAND OF FIRE: ROUNDTRIP TO HELL

The Holuhraun eruption area of Bardarbunga volcano has you maybe never seen before. An amazing storm of fire and snow: the Icelandic power of nature. This is the story of our photographic expedition with Iceland Review Staff, from Reykjavik to Holuhraun in a 32 hours of no-stop journey. A round-trip to hell that I will never forgot.

The video includes the aerial view of Holuhrau eruption area realized with a DJI Phantom 2 drone in a windy day under a strong snow storm, near the hot volcano lava. The weather condition was really extreme to fly: a cold temperature (about -10 °), strong snow and sometimes some rain with a really impressive hot pollution in the air. Thanks Phantom 2, you was gone very well also in that condition!

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Animated photograph of the Holuhraun rift eruption in Iceland, 2014