Volcano erupts in Iceland for first time in 6,000 years

A volcano close to Iceland’s capital metropolis and the nation’s Keflavik Worldwide Airport erupted Friday after sitting dormant for six,000 years.

The Mount Fagradalsfjall volcano, situated on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland, sprung to life in a single day, marking the world’s first volcanic eruption in practically 800 years.


The Division of Emergency Administration mentioned it was not anticipating evacuations as a result of the volcano is about a mile and a half from the closest highway.

“We’re monitoring the state of affairs carefully and as of now it’s not thought-about a risk to surrounding cities,” assured Iceland Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir. “We ask folks to avoid the quick space and keep protected.”

No accidents have been reported within the incident, though visitors jams annoyed drivers, in accordance with The New York Instances

The Icelandic Meteorological Workplace (IMO) tweeted that the eruption started at round 8:45 p.m. GMT and that it’s “thought-about small at this stage.”

The workplace first noticed the eruption on a webcam and later confirmed it utilizing thermal satellite tv for pc imagery.  They estimate the “fissure” was round 550 yards lengthy. 

The lava blasted a number of hundred toes within the air, in accordance with Reuters.

The glow from the lava could possibly be seen from Reykjavik roughly 20 miles away and residents have been warned to not go close to the lava fountains and urged to remain indoors with the home windows closed on account of anticipated “volcanic fuel air pollution.”

TOPSHOT – The crimson shimmer from magma flowing out from the erupting Fagradalsfjall volcano behind the landmark Blue Lagoon, some 45 km west of the Icelandic capital Reykjavik, on March 19, 2021. – A volcano erupted in Iceland on Friday some 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the capital Reykjavik, the Icelandic Meteorological Workplace mentioned, as a crimson cloud lit up the night time sky and a no-fly zone was established within the space. (Photograph by Halldor KOLBEINS / AFP) (Photograph by HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP by way of Getty Photos)
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“At present, fuel air pollution just isn’t anticipated to trigger a lot discomfort for folks besides shut as much as the supply of the eruption,” the IMO tweeted on Saturday. “The fuel [emissions] might be monitored carefully.”

The occasion took volcanologists without warning as a result of though tens of 1000’s of frequent every day earthquakes had alerted to a possible eruption, recently-heightened seismic exercise had calmed, The Related Press reported Saturday.

As well as, though the land of fireside and ice has a protracted and storied volcanic historical past, it’s uncommon to see quakes across the Reykjavik space.


In 2010, the huge eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano spewed a lot ash that flights have been grounded throughout Europe for weeks.

Whereas the magnitude of this eruption doesn’t come near that eruption, some home restrictions have been put in place.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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