After a series of earthquakes in Iceland, the long-dormant Fagradalsfjall volcano erupted Friday night. The volcano is located approximately 40 miles outside of Reykjavik, the closest city and capital of the country, and has not threatened any lives or infrastructure damage.
“At the moment, gas pollution is not expected to cause much discomfort to people except for the proximity of the source of the explosion,” chirp Icelandic Weather Service this morning. Gas emissions will be closely monitored.
Pictures of the eruption immediately flooded social media as Icelanders saw the lava and ash spewed from the volcano lighting the sky.
The country’s Minister of Justice, Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir, made a trip to the volcano when the eruption began to monitor the situation. Sigurbjörnsdóttir posted photos and Live video From the helicopter there is lava falling from the volcanic eruption.
A local news outlet also Ruv has Live feed for the volcano.
Reykjavik residents posted surreal photos of a red glow in the sky showing the Fagradalsfjall eruption.
The explosion also caused a rush of visitors trying to witness the event.
Among them was Icelandic singer Björk, who said on Instagram that the volcano, where she once filmed a music video, was 30 minutes away from her home.
“Yes !! Eruption !! We in Iceland are very excited !!! We still get it !!! Feeling relaxed when nature expresses itself !!!” Published.
The Icelandic Coast Guard service is also monitoring the situation closely. Spread Photos, videos and updates from the scene.
On a Saturday morning, a staff member met a dog who participated in sightseeing.
A person posted a video of what she said was the first commercial flight to the site of the explosion. “This is the most magical thing I have ever had in my life. I literally cried !!” She said on Instagram.
Trips to Fagradalsfjall seemed to be crowded, with people taking in the volcano in all its glory as soon as the sun rose.
Someone posted a picture of a beautifully lit sky, saying, “What you see here is not a sunset, but a volcanic eruption at Fagradalsfjall.”
to me The country’s meteorological office, “The eruption is small and the volcanic activity has somewhat decreased since yesterday evening.”
“Lava fountains are small and pyroclastic flows are now a very local threat,” officials wrote on Twitter.