Massive Glacier Collapses In Iceland Lagoon, Sending Tourists Fleeing
Nature is a glorious thing. One moment she stands still, quiet and marvelous and the next she can come tumbling down, sending shards of anything towards yah. And the really funny thing about ti all is that people actually go far and wide to witness this happen! Such was the group of tourists in Iceland that visited a glacier, only to bare witness of it crumbling down!
It happened on March 31, on the edge of the Jökulsárlón lagoon, when part of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier (we’d love to help you learn how to pronounce it, but even Google Translate is having extremely hard time with it!) separated from the big chunk and came falling in the water, sending a series of massive waves towards the shore. And of course, the people further away inland.
The tourist group, lead by Stephan Mantler, can be seen running away from the water as the waves come closing in. The mountain guide said that the particular area is only accessible with guides. Prior to climbing there, everyone in a tour is instructed to leave the beach immediately, should a calving occur. And boy, what an adventure it was! It does look like a close call, what with its size and proximity to the group, but everyone seems to have left the spot safe and dry.
The distinct crackling sound can be heard just in time before the huge chunk of ice separates from the glacier. Mantler says he was able to pull out his camera phone just in time to record this natural spectacle. As the tip falls into the icy water beneath it, massive rolling waves start forming, like a miniature frozen tsunami, before hitting the rock up on shore.
This isn’t totally uncommon in Iceland, especially during this time of the year. According to Mantler, he has witnessed ten of these event in the past winter alone. As the visitors were prepared for such an event, they knew exactly what to do the moment that chunk of ice started darting towards the floor.
The Jökulsárlón Lagoon has been on the Icelandic territory for almost a century. This glacial lagoon began forming when the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier started melting, creating what is now known as the deepest lake in the country. However, scientists have warned the world that if the glacier keeps melting at this rate, it could completely disappear in the next two centuries.