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Iceland: Fagradalsfjall Volcano Erupts Near Capital Reykjavik

Iceland volcano: eruption under way in Fagradalsfjall near Reykjavik

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Fagradalsfjall Volcana erupted just 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Iceland‘s capital Reykjavik on Friday. It turned lit up the night sky colouring it crimson. Photos showed a red glow over the volcanic summit, which could be seen for miles in the night sky. The Icelandic Meteorological Office said that according to the initial information, the fissure is about 200 metres long.

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More than 40,000 earthquakes have occurred on the peninsula in the past four weeks. The eruption posed no immediate danger to people in Grindavik or to critical infrastructure, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO). The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management urged residents to stay calm and warned against approaching the volcano and obstructing emergency services on site.

The Fagradalsfjall volcano is one of the 30 volcanoes of Iceland and is located about 30 km away from Reykjavik on the south-western tip of Iceland. The eruption is relatively small so far, with lava flowing in opposite directions, and this is the first volcanic eruption in the region in nearly 800 years.

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