Icelandic volcanoes put on a fiery show

The Icelandic Meteorological Agency (IMO) announced on Wednesday (August 3) that a volcano had erupted near the Icelandic capital Reykjavik.

Aerial video showed lava and smoke erupting from a crack in the side of Mount Fagradalsfjall, which saw an eruption that lasted six months last year.

Tourists and residents should avoid the area because of the toxic fumes, but there was no immediate risk of damaging critical infrastructure, the Ministry of Civil Protection and Emergency Management said in a statement.

A helicopter was dispatched to investigate the situation, but a “code red” was declared banning aircraft from flying over the site, the IMO told Reuters.

If the outbreak is confirmed to be similar to the rift seen last year, the aviation alert will likely be lowered to orange, indicating a low risk, an agency spokesman said.

The Reykjanes Peninsula is a volcanic and seismic hotspot, with the outbreak just 25 km (15 miles) from Reykjavík and 15 km from the country’s international airport.

Last March, spectacular eruptions of lava erupted from fissures 500 to 750 meters (1,640 to 2,460 feet) long and continued into September, attracting thousands of Icelanders and tourists to the site. rice field.

Located between the Eurasian and North American plates and one of the largest plates on Earth, Iceland experiences frequent earthquakes and is volcanically active as the two plates move in opposite directions. .

(Reuters) Icelandic volcanoes put on a fiery show

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