Iceland Volcano Eruption Reykjavik Iceland Eruption

Iceland Volcano Eruption Reykjavik Iceland Eruption– There has been a coincident volcanic eruption near Iceland’s capital, reykjavik, after days of heightened earthquake activity in the area, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office.

Images and live broadcasts by local outlets [MBL and RUV] have shown puffs of lava and smoke spewing out from fissures in the ground side of Mount Fagradalsfjall, which the previous year saw an eruption that lasted six months.

The locals as well as local or foreign tourists, should immediately evacuate to avoid toxic gases released from the mountain.

A “code red” was declared to prohibit aircraft from flying over the site although helicopters were sent to observe the situation, the IMO told Reuters.

Iceland Eruption Volcano Eruption Iceland

Iceland Eruption Volcano Eruption Iceland
Iceland Eruption Volcano Eruption Iceland

If the outbreak is confirmed to be similar to a crack seen last year, aviation warnings will likely be lowered to Orange, signaling less danger, an agency spokesman said.

“At present, there are no disruptions to flights to and from Iceland and international flight corridors remain open,” the country’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

The Reykjanes peninsula is a volcanic and seismic hotspot, and the outbreak occurred just 25 km (15 mi) from Reykjavik and 15 km from the country’s International Airport.

In March last year, lava fountains erupted spectacularly in the area from a 500-to 750-metre (1,640-to 2,460 ft) fissure, continuing through September and attracting thousands of Icelanders and tourists to the scene.

Unlike the 2010 eruption of the ice-covered Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which stopped about 100,000 flights and forced hundreds of Icelanders to flee their homes, this eruption is not expected to spew much ash or smoke into the atmosphere.

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