Vestmannaeyjar Lava, Iceland

Photograph by Emory Kristof, National Geographic

July 7, 2004

Lava creeps over a house in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland's most important fishing port, forcing evacuation of its inhabitants as well as 5,000 others during Iceland's 14th volcanic eruption of the 20th century.

Photograph shot on assignment for, but not published in, the July 1973 feature story "An Icelandic Village Fights for Its Life."