Terrified holidaymakers scalded as geyser erupts in Iceland (video)

The family was standing in the safe spectator area when the boiling water shot out of the ground

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Kids Get Scalded By Erupting Geyser in Iceland

This horrifying video shows the moment a family was severely burnt at the erupting Strokkur geyser in southwest Iceland, one of the country's most popular tourist attractions.

The family was watching the popular tourist attraction in Haukadal along with a number of other spectators when it suddenly erupted.

As a result of the strong winds, the steaming hot water was blown straight at the crowds instead of directly upwards.

The two children, aged six and 11, were both severely burnt in the incident and were flown by air ambulance to a hospital in Reykjavik.

The youngest girl, who had first- and second-degree burns, can be heard screaming in pain at the end of the video as the parents try to help her.

Geysers are relatively rare and there are thought to be only 1,000 across the world. The Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park in the United States is perhaps the most famous in the world.

According to geology.com, the conditions needed for a geyser are as follows: hot rocks below, an ample groundwater source, a subsurface water reservoir and fissures to deliver water to the surface.

Geysers are usually found near areas of volcanic activity and the proximity to magma flow is another main factor in their appearance.

They are generally confined to just five countries around the world including Iceland, the United States, Russia, Chile and New Zealand.

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