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A volcano erupted on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwest Iceland on Friday evening, creating a river of lava that can be seen from the capital, Reykjavik, 20 miles away.
An eruption has been reported Icelandic Meteorological Office. The event photos show an ominous sky glowing red with the silhouette of Fagradalsfjall below.
The volcanic eruption occurred about three miles off the coast and poses little threat to residents. They were advised to stay indoors with the windows closed against the gases.
This was the first volcanic eruption in the Reykjanes Peninsula in nearly 800 years The Associated Press reported. The Met Office reported that thousands of earthquakes occurred in the weeks leading up to the eruption. Earlier this week, swarms of earthquakes rocked the peninsula, with more than 3,000 earthquakes on Sunday alone. The strongest tremors occurred around her Mount Fagradfajal.
Scientists attributed the earthquakes to the intrusion of magma, the movement of molten rock one kilometer under the earth’s crust. Weather officials first mentioned the possibility of a volcano erupting on March 3, as these incursions continued and earthquake activity intensified.
The chances of a volcanic eruption have escalated in recent days as magma flows have concentrated around the southern portion of Mt. A statement by the agency said that Fagradalsfjall. Scientists have declared the mountain the most likely point in the event of a volcanic eruption. Seismic activity decreased on the peninsula on Friday before the mountain finally erupted.
It is not expected that Cause chaos in air travel As did the ash from the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull.