Tuesday, March 09, 2021

At least there's little danger of a volcanic eruption

Sadly, I have nothing useful to add regarding Oprah's interview with Meghan and Harry. Didn't watch, although I have read some of the commentary.

But thanks to this gentleman, Valur Grettisson, I could tell you a little about the current status of potential volcanic eruptions in the neighborhood of Reykjavik, capital city of tiny Iceland.

Grettisson is editor in chief of The Reykjavik Grapevine, an online English-language magazine with associated YouTube channel, of which for some reason I'm a huge fan. No idea exactly why.

Grettisson roams the streets of Reykjavik as well as the surrounding countryside a couple of times a week, reporting on all the Icelandic news that's fit to be reported upon. His usual companion is the office pup, Polly, who takes her exercise during these outings. The whole business is magnificently quirky.

The region has been experiencing in recent days an ongoing series of tiny earthquakes, thousands of them, suggesting that a volcanic eruption (or eruptions) of some sort --- most likely relatively minor and categorized as "fissure eruptions" --- is in the offing.

Iowans can take some comfort in these troublesome times from the fact earthquakes are exceedingly rare here and volcanic eruptions unheard of. So at least we don't have to worry about that.

But if you'd like to take your mind off Iowa issues and worry along with the Icelanders, you'll find The Reykjavik Grapevine here and the Grapevine YouTube channel here.

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