Icelandic Volcano Erupts For Second Time In 6,000 Years

Jake Massey

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Icelandic Volcano Erupts For Second Time In 6,000 Years

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A volcano in Iceland has erupted for only the second time in 6,000 years.

The Fagradalsfjall volcano, located some 32 kilometres (20 miles) south-west of the capital Reykjavik, is currently spewing out magma, and the Icelandic Meteorological Office has urged people not to go near it - for obvious reasons.

Video from the site shows the magma pouring from a narrow fissure about 100 to 200 metres (109 to 218 yards) long over a field of lava from the last eruption.

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After a 6,000-year wait, the eruptions have come like buses, with the previous eruption officially ending just eight months ago.

That eruption lasted for six months and was the first on the Reykjanes Peninsula in almost 800 years.

The eruption in an uninhabited valley is not far from Keflavik Airport, Iceland's international air traffic hub. The airport has so far remained open and no flights have been disrupted.

Scientists had anticipated an eruption somewhere on the peninsula after a series of earthquakes over the past week indicated volcanic activity close to the crust.

Volcanologist Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson told the Associated Press that the eruption appeared to be small.

"But we don't know where in the process things are at," he said as he boarded a helicopter for a first look.

The 2021 eruption in the same area produced spectacular lava flows for several months, and hundreds of thousands of people flocked to see the spectacular sight.

The volcano erupted spectacularly last year. Credit: Alex Donnelly/Alamy Stock Photo
The volcano erupted spectacularly last year. Credit: Alex Donnelly/Alamy Stock Photo

Iceland, located above a volcanic hotspot in the North Atlantic, averages an eruption every four to five years.

The most disruptive in recent times was the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which sent clouds of ash and dust into the atmosphere, interrupting air travel for days between Europe and North America because of concerns the ash could damage jet engines.

More than 100,000 flights were grounded, stranding millions of passengers.

Shares in Iceland's flagship airline, Icelandair, rose six percent when news of the eruption broke on Wednesday.

Investors and residents alike had been spooked by the possibility of a much more disruptive eruption in a populated area of the peninsula.

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