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Volcanic eruption near Iceland’s capital Reykjavik

Again Iceland is making headlines with seismic activity. This time the volcano Fagradalsfjall erupted, at night you can see the glow of the lava.

The Fagradalsfjall volcano has erupted in the south of Iceland. According to the island state’s meteorological service, only slight seismological fluctuations were measured. However, the civil protection and disaster control warned against approaching the volcano not far from the capital Reykjavik and obstructing the alarmed emergency services on site. Meanwhile, Reykjavik International Airport has also been temporarily closed. Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson wrote on Twitter that there is no immediate danger to life and homes, but one should be vigilant.

According to local media reports, a Coast Guard helicopter was sent to the scene in order to better assess the extent and consequences of the volcanic eruption. A red glow could be seen over the volcanic summit in pictures on social media and on local television, which could be seen for miles in the night sky.

Memories of Eyjafjallajökull eruption

The surface of the volcano was torn up over a length of 500 meters and small lava fountains splashed up. A glowing stream of liquid rock poured along the mountain flanks and, according to the information, reached a size of about one square kilometer.

Fagradalsfjall is about 30 kilometers away from Reykjavik on the southwestern tip of Iceland. In the last week there were more than 16,000 earthquakes (up to magnitude 5.7) in this area. Its eruption brings back memories of the momentous eruption of the volcanic glacier Eyjafjallajökull ten years ago. The resulting kilometer-high ash cloud had paralyzed international air traffic for a long time in the spring of 2010 and suddenly increased awareness of the small island nation with around 360,000 inhabitants.

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