The Eruption at Heimaey

Volcano erupting behind house

In 1973, after a series of earthquakes, a fissure opened up on the eastern side of the Icelandic island of Heimaey. As the eruption developed over time, it became more dangerous, and a variety of measures were undertaken to stop the flow of lava.

The volcano erupts behind a house on the island of Heimaey. Pete Turner/The Image Bank/Getty Images.

Topics in this Podcast: Volcanoes, Fishing, Iceland, 20th century