National Geographic : 1973 Jul
Smoldering tide hits the northeast corner of town (below). Directly ahead lie large waterfront fish factories. Steam billows up from the leading edge as hoses continue to spray the front. Narrowing the vital channel, tongues of lava reach for the cliffs on the other side of the harbor entrance (right). One islander eyed the land extension and observed, "If it stops now, we will have a better port." Eternally optimistic, vil lagers made plans for ash removal even as parts of their town continued to dis appear. Aware that the house-burying lava field cannot be moved, Mayor Mag nus Magnusson shrugged and said, "We will wait until it cools and then build more houses on top of it."