In 1362 this volcano erupted explosively, devouring every settlement within reach. Post-event the zone became known as Öræfi.
Last October, during our visit to this place we sensed a sudden subterranean shift take form below us. Strong tremors were arising from the depth beneath the summit crater. A seismic jolt rang in our skulls. A foretaste of the devastation that will follow across the zone when the young volcano awakens with a tantrum spitting death into the sky, unleashing unimaginable horror upon the human epoch. #anthropocene
So, we headed south to interview Bergur Einarsson, an expert in the field of megafloods and wilderness emergency response.
Convinced that the volcano is showing signs of reawakening; he detailed a sequence of awful events awaiting the settlement.
† The word öræfi is used to denote wilderness, desolation and a place without a harbor. The word is probably composed of the prefix ör- which is mainly used in a negative or implied harsh meaning, and hóf (moderation, fit, something appropriate, suitable). Adding the negative prefix -ör the true meaning assumes the form of "something obscene, irrational, insane place".