The World: Fire and Destruction

Not for nothing is Iceland called the Land of Ice and Fire: its glacial facade covers one of the most active volcanic regions in the world. In 1963, inhabitants of the tiny island of Heimaey, six miles south of Iceland, watched with some fear and fascination as an' underwater eruption 14 miles away created a new island before their eyes. The island was later named Surtsey, after the Norse god of fire and destruction.

Last week the people of Heimaey awoke in the middle of the night to find that the Helgafell volcano, dormant for 5,000 years, had exploded on their doorstep....

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