Volcano erupts in Iceland for the second time in a year

Reykjavik, Iceland.- A volcano in southwestern Iceland erupted on Wednesday, officials said, just eight months after the most recent one ended.

The Icelandic Bureau of Meteorology has asked the public not to go near the Fagradalsfjall volcano, which is located about 32 kilometers southwest of the capital, Reykjavik.

The eruption in an uninhabited valley is not far from Reykjavik International Airport. The airport was still open and no flights were suspended.

Live video from the eruption site showed magma gushing from a narrow fissure 100 to 200 meters long over a lava field left by last year’s eruption, the first on the Reykjanes Peninsula in almost 800 years.

Scientists had anticipated an eruption on the peninsula after a series of earthquakes in the last week indicated volcanic activity near the Earth’s crust.

Volcanologist Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson told the AP that the eruption appeared to be small.

“But we don’t know what stage the process is at,” he said as he boarded a helicopter to visit the site.

The 2021 eruption in the same area produced spectacular lava flows for months. Hundreds of thousands of people flocked to the area to see the spectacle. Iceland, located atop a center of volcanic activity in the North Atlantic, averages an eruption every four to five years.

The most disruptive in recent years was Eyjafjallajokull in 2010, which sent clouds of ash and dust high into the atmosphere, disrupting air travel for days between Europe and North America over fears the ash would damage turbines. More than 100 thousand flights were suspended, affecting millions of passengers.

Investors and residents feared the possibility of a much more intense eruption in a populous area of ​​the peninsula.

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