The last time Eyjafjallajökull blew its top the eruption lasted for two years, spreading smoke and ash over Iceland causing significant damage.
- The last time Eyjafjallajökull erupted, it lasted 2 years stretching from 1821-1823. It also erupted in 920 and 1612.
- The 1821 eruption spread fluoride across iceland, damaging livestock and human well-being. Glacial flooding also resulted from the eruption.
- Eyjafjallajökull’s eruption usually precedes an eruption for another Icelandic volcano called Katla, as it did in 1823. Katla’s eruptions are usually more violent than Eyjafjallajökul’s.
- Katla is partially trapped under a glacier and its eruption would create even more flooding problems for Iceland.
- The Laki volcano, which erupted in 1783, was the worst in Icelandic history. It killed a quarter of Iceland’s residents, created a poisonous plume over Prague, made New Jersey’s snowfall its highest ever, and had an impact on one of Egypt’s worst droughts.
- The Laki volcano is considered a central cause of the French Revolution, as it led to a poor harvest and public unrest in the country.
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