Iceland Volcano Erupts in Fiery Fury! Lava Flow & Evacuations Rock the Reykjanes Peninsula

Iceland Volcano Erupts in Fiery Fury! Lava Flow & Evacuations Rock the Reykjanes Peninsula

In a dramatic turn of events, an Iceland volcano erupts on the Reykjanes peninsula in southwest Iceland following weeks of intense earthquake activity. The Icelandic Met Office reported that the eruption commenced at 22:17 local time (22:17 GMT), north of the town of Grindavik, prompting the earlier evacuation of around 4,000 residents. Notably, the popular Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in the vicinity was also closed as a precautionary measure.

The seismic events leading up to the eruption were captured on social media, with images and videos depicting lava spewing from the volcano just an hour after the onset of an earthquake swarm. A coastguard helicopter has been dispatched to assess the precise location and size of the eruption.

The Icelandic Met Office revealed that the eruption site is approximately 4km (2.5 miles) northeast of Grindavik, and seismic activity is progressing towards the town. The volcano’s crack spans about 3.5km, with a lava flow rate ranging from 100 to 200 cubic meters per second, surpassing the scale of recent eruptions in the Reykjanes peninsula.

Vidir Reynisson, a senior police officer at the Civil Defence, described the eruption as a “quite a large event” and observed lava streaming in multiple directions from a substantial crack in the volcano. The visual impact of the eruption is evident even in Reykjavik, located 42km northeast of Grindavik, where witnesses reported half of the sky in the direction of Grindavik being “lit up in red.” Smoke rising into the air has led authorities to caution people to avoid the affected area.

Iceland Volcano Erupts
ICELANDIC MET OFFICE | Source:BBC
Iceland Volcano Erupts
ICELANDIC MET OFFICE | Source:BBC

Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir expressed optimism in the face of this significant event, citing recent defensive measures that are expected to have a positive impact. She extended her thoughts to the local community, while President Gudni Johannesson emphasized the priority of safeguarding lives, with concerted efforts to protect structures.

Recalling the Eyjafjallajokull volcanic eruption in April 2010, which caused extensive airspace closures over Europe due to a massive ash cloud, Iceland remains vigilant in managing the current situation. The repercussions of that eruption resulted in substantial economic losses, estimated between 1.5 billion and 2.5 billion euros (£1.3-2.2bn; $1.6-2.7bn). Authorities are closely monitoring the evolving situation, emphasizing safety and preparedness in the face of nature’s powerful forces.

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