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Iceland’s Volcanic Eruptions Worsen, Causing Evacuation

Sky photo of the volcanic eruption in Iceland.

Iceland is home to 32 active volcanoes, but a December eruption near the town of Grindavik has topped the charts as one of their biggest explosions yet.

Luckily, the eruption has not been seen as a threat to human life as long as evacuation precautions (which have reached three weeks or more) are taken, but the land is struggling. Lots of wilderness has been set ablaze, four kilometers of land has been cracked, and multiple houses have been burned down. The explosion took place around 8:00 A.M., but the locals had left before then due to previous warnings for high seismic activity and another eruption earlier in the month.

While these occurrences are common for Icelandic residents, the situation has been clearly getting worse. Those who’ve lived in Iceland for a while are no strangers to volcanoes; typically, there’s an eruption every five years. However, with climate change on the rise faster than ever, there have been multiple in 2023 and more predicted for 2024. Their government has installed lava-blocking barriers, but these soon will not be enough.

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Annabelle is in 8th grade and her second year of journalism. She loves going to concerts, making all kinds of art, and collecting paraphernalia related to nature, insects, and animals. She hopes to have a great last year in middle school with her friends.

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    Rebeca and KaylaFeb 4, 2024 at 11:12 am

    hey guys it’s Kayla and Rebeca,
    you guys are doing such a great job! keep up the good work. Let us know if you need anything. Are you doing the Valentine’s day sale?
    Miss you guysssss!
    -Rebeca and Kayla

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      Annabelle ClawsonFeb 6, 2024 at 2:31 pm

      hi guys! we aren’t doing the valentines day sales this year but I think student government is. we’re doing okay right now and we may or may not do a printed paper this year (we haven’t made any so far). thanks for commenting!