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Iceland Explodes

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With California flooding, storms surging in the Marshall Islands and many more natural disasters occurring, it only makes sense that Iceland has joined the party. 

Since December of 2023, Iceland has experienced multiple volcanic eruptions from its vast volcano system. All over Iceland, hot magma has been spewed causing millions in damages and has brought suffering to many of the Icelandic people. One of the most recent examples of this unfortunate natural disaster is the coastal fishing village of Grindavik as well as the Icelandic capital of Reykjanes. In past years, it has been reported that volcanic activity is present every five years but as of late, there have been eruptions every twelve months. Even more frequently these past few months starting in December. Both Grinkavik and Reykjanes had to be evacuated as precautions from the past seismic activity. Along with a nearly two-mile fissure northeast of Mount Sunukeur. A volcanic formation is formed when two tectonic plates go through a process called divergent or convergent under the earth’s surface. The volcanic formation comes in various shapes and sizes due to the magnitude of the shifting of the tectonic plates. Iceland is placed on top of a divergent line between tectonic plates, resulting in multiple volcanoes in the area surrounding the plates. Under those plates, there is magma. Magma is the molten rock and minerals that flow under the crust surface and is the result that flows from an erupted volcano. When the magma has erupted above the surface we call it lava. Lava is highly destructive and can cause permanent damage to areas.

 Luckily, there was no civilian harm done by the volcano. While locals were able to evacuate these areas, this also meant that the surrounding tourist destinations had to be evacuated as well. One of which was the TikTok favorite: The Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon brought in thousands in tourist profits as so many went for the geothermal health benefits of the natural springs which are blue like its namesake. Regrettably, there was damage to pipes transporting water and heat to several communities that rely on these pipes daily. Many officials are working to make sure that the areas that have been affected by the busting of the pipes are getting water and heat from alternative sources. 

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Since the abundance of eruptions in Iceland, many scientists have been monitoring future eruptions by monitoring the building up of surface magma. During the monitoring, they have also been checking for more minor earthquakes that have often been the result of volcanic eruptions and seismic activity.  Unfortunately, there is very little that the Icelandic government can do to the geographical location of Iceland and the feasible task of moving volcanoes out of the area. But precautions are being taken daily to lower any risk and damage that may be done by these geographical disasters. Iceland has active volcano watches which give live, accurate reports of the volcano’s conditions. Along with actively taking air quality tests to make sure that the toxic fumes of the volcano don’t reach a level that can be harmful to those in proximity to the volcano. Even with these precautions in place, there is still concern over the heightened eruptions and the effect that they will have not only on those who live there but the environmental harm that may occur. Questions regarding groundwater, air quality as well as breathability, and environmental effects. These questions are constantly being asked by scientists and environmentalists, the same people who are constantly working for answers and solutions to those problems.

But for now, Iceland has joined the party of natural disaster hotspots. And we can only hope that the party ends soon. 

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About the Contributor
Caroline Martin, News Reporter
Driven, intelligent, passionate, and artistic are only a few words to describe Caroline Martin, a senior at Agua Fria High School and a News Reporter as part of the Owl Newsfeed Staff. Caroline is  17 years old, born November 15th, 2005. She has been attending Agua Fria all four years. Her favorite memories made at Agua Fria have been from being around teachers and peers as well as having a great homecoming week. Caroline has a lot of gratitude for Mr.Martin because he was her AP World  History  Teacher sophomore year. She is close with him, and the table group she was placed with. Caroline was able to confide in  Mr.Martin considering he is also her badminton coach. Caroline mentioned overall he has improved her high school experience. Speaking of Badminton; Caroline is in the first year on the exhibition team. She exclaimed that so far her favorite thing about being on the team is seeing her friend's excitement and how well they are doing. Caroline mentioned how proud she is of them. Before joining badminton,  Martin contributed heavily to the theater program at Agua Fria from freshman through Junior year. Caroline has been in multiple plays. Freshman year she played in  “Please Excuse My Zombies ” as the main character Casandra Casandra  Sophomore year she played “Little Shop of Horrors” as Miss Mushnik. Most recently she played  in “Almost Maine”  Junior year as the character Glory.  Last year she was going to play  Sandy from “Greece”  but this was canceled a week before opening night. One difficult thing about theater Caroline mentioned was that there is a great deal to remember. Various different roles play a part. A lot of behind-the-scenes things go into theater and that can cause some reluctance in students that did not entirely know what they were signing up for. Caroline ended up having to choose between badminton and theater regarding which one she wanted to pursue in her final year of high school. She mentioned that the difficulty in choosing was rather mild. In the process of figuring out who she is, the decision was made. She figured trying out a new sport would help with that. Her friends involvement also played a part in her decision, as they encouraged her to join. Though Caroline has been going to Agua Fria all four years she hasn't always lived here in Arizona. She was born here, moved to  New Mexico, then came back to Arizona. After that, she moved to Mississippi, Tennessee then finally back to Arizona. Caroline explained the reason she moved around so much was because her parents married rather young. They traveled a lot due to college and then job-oriented travel. Mostly moving around supporting the families' education, that includes Caroline and her younger brothers. Caroline has great memories of Mississippi when she was an only child, specifically memories of Christmas.  Martin's academic goal for herself is to remain well-prepared and do all that she can. Both of her parents have been employed in the education field, so education is very valuable in her family culture. When she was much younger her passions differed a little from what she likes now. Caroline loved princesses and when she was younger she had a cousin so she participated in (what?) that but didn't excel. So she ended up branching out and trying new things. What Martin wants to do fluctuates depending on what she is learning at the time or what intrigues her. Right now she'd like to know more, she says “before she settles down”. When questioned about how Caroline handles stress she mentioned that she tries to vent whether it's out loud, to herself. She also paints when she is tense. Her family handles stress differently. She exclaimed that they each have diverse personalities, they all have different creative outlets to deal with things, and they all find a way to regroup thoughts and emotions to limit stress. When asked what advice she has for underclassmen as a senior Caroline passionately responded “High school is only as scary as you make it.. those moments and activities, those are gonna be the highlights if you make them”.Martin is excited about graduation she says “The older you get the more ready you feel..but it also feels so short at the same time” There are some peers here at Agua Fria she's had classes with since middle school. Caroline is such an exceptional and well-rounded part of our Agua Fria Owl Newsfeed staff and our school community.

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