Reykjanes peninsula has an Icelandic volcano erupt
The Reykjanes peninsula in south-west Iceland has been the site of a volcanic eruption following weeks of intense seismic activity. Prior to this, around four thousand people were removed from the fishing village of Grindavik, and the Blue Lagoon geothermal resort, which was situated in close proximity to the village, was shut down.
According to the Icelandic Met Office, the eruption started at 22:17 local time, which is equivalent to 22:17 GMT, and it occurred north of the settlement. The region surrounding the capital city of Reykjavik has been experiencing an uptick in seismic activity since the latter part of the month of October has passed.
Within an hour of the observation of an earthquake swarm or seismic event, magma was seen gushing from the volcano, as caught by posts and videos shared on social media platforms. A coastguard helicopter has been dispatched to the area in order to determine the eruption’s precise location and magnitude.
The Met Office reported that the epicentre was situated approximately 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) to the north-east of Grindavik, with seismic activity advancing towards the municipality.
Approximately 3.5 kilometres in length, the magma is gushing from the volcano at a rate of 100 to 200 cubic metres per second, the report continued. It was stated that this was significantly greater than any recent eruptions on the Reykjanes peninsula.
A senior Civil Defence police officer told national broadcaster RUV that the discharge appeared to have occurred rapidly and was “quite a spectacle.” Lava appeared to be streaming in all directions from a large fissure in the volcano, according to Vidir Reynisson. “The jets of lava are pretty high, which gives the impression that it is a major eruption in the beginning,” he said. There is a view of the eruption from Reykjavik, which is approximately 42 km to the north-east of Grindavik.
In the direction of Grindavik, the sky was “lit up in red,” according to a witness who was present in the city and sent this information to the sources. There is a possibility that smoke is also being released into the atmosphere, and the police have issued a caution to the public to avoid the area. Katrin Jakobsdottir, the Prime Minister of Iceland, stated that the protective measures that were recently built would have a beneficial impact.
Despite the “important occurrence,” she expressed that she was keeping the local community in her thoughts and that she was rooting for the best possible outcome.
The President of Iceland, Gudni Johannesson, stated that the protection of life was the primary concern, but that every effort would also be made to conserve architectural structures.
As a result of the massive ash cloud that was produced by the Eyjafjallajokull volcanic eruption in April of 2010, European airspace was closed for the longest period of time since World War Two caused by the eruption. The losses were projected to be between 1.5 billion and 2.5 billion euros (1.3 billion to 2.2 billion pounds; 1.6-2.7 billion dollars).