Icelandic volcano, inactive for over 6,000 years, erupts near Reykjavik

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Icelandic volcano, inactive for over 6,000 years, erupts near Reykjavik

  • The current eruption on Fagradalsfjall volcano in Geldingadalur began on March 19
  • It spewed more than 10 million square feet of lava at a height of 90 feet
  • Iceland’s Meteorological Bureau said lava continues to flow and poses “danger.”

An Icelandic volcano that was inactive for more than 6,000 years has erupted near Reykjavik.

The current eruption near Mount Fagradalsfjall in Geldingadalur began on March 19 after thousands of small earthquakes in the area in recent weeks.

The erupting fissure – a linear volcanic opening through which lava erupts – was initially about 500-700 meters long, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Bureau.

It was the first volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula in 781 years, but it was the first time this particular volcano had gone off in about 6,000 years.

The eruption spewed more than 10 million square feet of lava and reached heights of more than 90 meters.

The current eruption near Mount Fagradalsfjall in Geldingadalur began on March 19 after thousands of small earthquakes in the area in recent weeks.

The current eruption near Mount Fagradalsfjall in Geldingadalur began on March 19 after thousands of small earthquakes in the area in recent weeks.

The eruption spewed more than 10 million square feet of lava and reached heights of more than 90 meters

The eruption spewed more than 10 million square feet of lava and reached heights of more than 90 meters

The eruption spewed more than 10 million square feet of lava and reached heights of more than 90 meters

But the Icelandic Meteorological Bureau announced on Saturday that volcanic activity has since ‘declined somewhat’ on the Reykjanes peninsula – southwest of the capital, Reykjavík.

Despite the decline in activity, lava continues to flow and is a “local hazard,” the agency said.

In a further tweet, it added, “Gas contamination is not expected to cause much discomfort to humans, except close to the source of the eruption.”

It was the first volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula in 781 years, but it was the first time this particular volcano had gone off in about 6,000 years

It was the first volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula in 781 years, but it was the first time this particular volcano had gone off in about 6,000 years

It was the first volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula in 781 years, but it was the first time this particular volcano had gone off in about 6,000 years

The eruptive fissure - a linear volcanic opening through which lava erupts - was initially about 500-700 meters long, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Bureau

The eruptive fissure - a linear volcanic opening through which lava erupts - was initially about 500-700 meters long, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Bureau

The eruptive fissure – a linear volcanic opening through which lava erupts – was initially about 500-700 meters long, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Bureau

The area is so remote that no evacuations were required and there were no structures in danger, but there are still concerns about the volcano’s proximity to Keflavik International Airport.

However, the aviation warning was lowered from red to orange on Saturday due to predictions of minimal ash fall by the Icelandic Meteorological Bureau.

Residents within miles of the erupting volcano are still advised to keep their windows closed and stay indoors whenever possible.

The Icelandic Meteorological Bureau announced on Saturday that volcanic activity has since 'declined somewhat' on the Reykjanes Peninsula

The Icelandic Meteorological Bureau announced on Saturday that volcanic activity has since 'declined somewhat' on the Reykjanes Peninsula

The Icelandic Meteorological Bureau announced on Saturday that volcanic activity has since ‘declined somewhat’ on the Reykjanes Peninsula

The area is so remote that no evacuations were required and no construction was threatened by the lava

The area is so remote that no evacuations were required and no construction was threatened by the lava

The area is so remote that no evacuations were required and no construction was threatened by the lava

Iceland’s Prime Minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, previously took to Twitter with a message that read: ‘A volcanic eruption has started in Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes peninsula.

‘We are keeping a close eye on the situation and from now on it is not seen as a threat to surrounding cities. We ask people to stay away and stay safe. ‘

According to the IMO, it comes after weeks of increased seismic activity in the peninsula, with around 400 earthquakes in the region on Thursday morning alone.

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