After series of earthquakes lava erupts as volcano in Iceland, spectators stunned

New Delhi: A volcano has erupted on a mountain near Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, following days of increased earthquake activity in the region, the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) said on Wednesday (August 4, 2022). Emergency plans were activated after the volcano erupted with a flow of glowing lava, an event that was widely expected after a […]
 


After series of earthquakes lava erupts as volcano in Iceland, spectators stunned

New Delhi: A volcano has erupted on a mountain near Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, following days of increased earthquake activity in the region, the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) said on Wednesday (August 4, 2022). Emergency plans were activated after the volcano erupted with a flow of glowing lava, an event that was widely expected after a flurry of seismic activity.

Images and livestreams by local news outlets showed lava and smoke spewing out of a crack in the ground on the side of the Fagradalsfjall mountain, which last year saw an eruption lasting six months.

The eruption began near the mountain Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes peninsula, southwest of Reykjavik. White smoke initially rose from the earth before glowing magma erupted with a splash of lava from an extended crack in the Geldingdalur valley.

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The Department of Civil Defense and Emergency Management said in a statement that tourists and residents should avoid the area because of the toxic gases, although there was no immediate risk of damage to critical infrastructure.

The IMO also reported that the airplane was declared “code red” to prevent the flight from taking off over the site, although helicopters were dispatched to survey the situation.

According to officials, unlike the 2010 eruption of the snow-capped Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which halted some 100,000 flights and forced hundreds of Icelanders from their homes, the eruption is not expected to spew much ash or smoke into the atmosphere.