Volcano Dormant For 900 Years Erupts Near Iceland’s Capital Reykjavik

Eruption on Reykjanes Peninsula poses no immediate danger to people, authorities say,
a volcanic eruption began in Southwestern Iceland near the capital Reykjavik following thousands of small earthquakes in the area in recent weeks, the country’s meteorological office said, a volcano that has been dormant for 900 years erupted near Iceland’s capital of Reykjavik on Friday.

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The eruption occurred near Fagradalsfjall, a mountain on the Reykjanes Peninsula, around 30km (19 miles) southwest of the capital, shooting lava high into the night sky after thousands of small earthquakes in recent weeks.

Some four hours after the initial eruption – the first on the peninsula since the 12th century – lava covered about one square kilometre or nearly 200 football fields.More than 40,000 earthquakes have occurred on the peninsula in the past four weeks, a huge jump from the 1,000 to 3,000 earthquakes registered each year since 2014.

Residents in the town of Thorlakshofn, east of the eruption site, were told to stay indoors to avoid exposure to volcanic gases, Iceland’s Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management said.The source of the eruption is a large body of molten rock, known as magma, which has pushed its way to the surface over the past weeks, instigating the earthquake.

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