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Westman Isles Eruption Church Eldheimar

The Great Volcanoes: Heimaey, the Westman Islands

One night in January 1973 it looked as if the 5,000 people living in the Westman Islands were doomed when the dormant volcanic giant woke up and an eruption started a few hundred meters from town. Our series on the great Icelandic volcanoes continues.