Linda Pizzuti, the wife of Liverpool owner John W. Henry, has opened up on the terrifying ordeal of having to flee Iceland after a volcanic eruption. She had travelled there on holiday in hope of seeing the Northern Lights but left amid ’60ft fountains of lava’ on on the island.
The 44-year-old producer, who serves as the CEO of the Boston Globe newspaper, revealed the frightening extent of the scene as she was awoken by a series of earthquakes. Taking to Instagram, she posted stark images and footages of the natural distaster which had unfolded in front of her own eyes.
Homes in Grindavik, a town some 25 miles away from the island’s capital city Reykjavík, were exposed to the molten lava in the hair-raising ordeal. News of an eruption first filtered through at roughly 8am local time on Jan. 14, with another kilometre (3,280ft) fissure soon opening up over the next four hours.
With the possibility of more fissures in the coming days, Pizzuti has now described how she was asked to evacuated from an increasingly perilous scene alongside her young boy Xander. Speaking in an eye-opening address to camera on Instagram, Pizzuti updated her 130k followers on what she had witnessed.
She said: “I woke up at around 3.45am from the bed shaking in my hotel room. I thought it may be a low scale earthquake, but the tremors kept coming at about the same intensity, so I wasn’t sure.
“I called down to the hotel desk and there wasn’t an answer…,” she continued as she explained their next steps. “I got my son up and we started to get dressed when an emergency alarm then went off, and we were told we had to evacuate. We quickly grabbed our bags and followed instructions.
“Officials were organized and careful, everyone in the area was accounted for and safely evacuated in time. We experienced an intense series of around 200 earthquakes – largest measuring 3.5 magnitude (according to officials). We went to the airport to catch a flight out in case it got worse.”
She later continued: “A 3200-foot long volcanic fissure opened the earth at around 8 AM, and this is the video I took from the plane taking off just after 9 AM. Fountains of lava have reached 160 feet high.”
The wife of Liverpool’s owner also explained the situation in the village itself, adding: ‘The first fissure is growing, this afternoon a second fissure opened, and a slow moving river of lava is flowing, reaching the village where a few houses in the evacuated village of Grindavik have caught fire.
“We are so impressed with how well Iceland manages its beautiful and wild land. Xander, who loves science and geology, was understandably nervous to be suddenly woken up and evacuated, but he became fascinated once he knew that everyone was safe.”