A volcano in southwest Iceland has erupted after weeks of intense earthquake exercise, the nation’s Meteorological Workplace stated.
Fearing a big outbreak on the Reykjanes peninsula, authorities had evacuated the practically 4,000 inhabitants of the fishing city of Grindavik and closed the close by Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.
“Warning: Eruption has began north of Grindavik by Hagafell,” the Met Workplace stated on its web site on Monday.
The eruption started round 22:17 GMT after a collection of small earthquakes at round 21:00, the IMO added.
Photos and livestreams by native information outlet RUV confirmed lava spewing from fissures within the floor.
A coast guard helicopter will likely be within the air shortly to substantiate the precise location and measurement of the eruption, the Met Workplace stated.
Reykjavik’s worldwide airport, which is situated close by, remained open.
“In the mean time, there aren’t any disruptions to arrivals or departures at Keflavík Airport,” it stated on its web site.
The Reykjanes peninsula lately noticed a number of eruptions in unpopulated areas, however the newest outbreak might pose a threat to the Grindavik city, authorities have stated.
Reykjanes is a volcanic and seismic hot-spot southwest of the capital Reykjavik. In March 2021, lava fountains erupted spectacularly from a 500-750-metre-long (1,640-2,460-foot-long) fissure within the floor within the Fagradalsfjall volcanic system.
Iceland is house to 33 energetic volcano programs, the very best quantity in Europe.