Iceland – Volcanic eruption reported after a series of earthquakes
A volcano erupted just 25 miles (40 kilometres) from Iceland’s capital Reykjavik on Friday, turning the sky crimson as streams of red lava spewed from the ground. More than 40,000 earthquakes have occurred on the peninsula in the past four weeks, a huge jump from the 1,000-3,000 earthquakes registered each year since 2014.
After a series of seismic activity recently, a long-dormant volcano has been erupted on Southwest Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland at 8:45 pm local time on Friday. Known as the land of fire and ice, Iceland is Europe’s biggest and most active volcanic region, home to a third of the lava that has flowed on Earth since the Middle Ages, according to Visit Iceland.
Authorities were not expecting the lava outbursts as the volcano is situated away from main cities in a remote valley and had been dormant for over several hundred years. Iceland’s prime minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir said that local authorities were closely monitoring the situation of the eruption some 32 kilometres in the tremor jolted fishing town. “As of now it is not considered a threat to surrounding towns,” she wrote in a tweet. “We ask people to keep away from the immediate area and stay safe,” she wrote in a tweet.
The source of the eruption is a large body of molten rock, known as magma, which has pushed its way to the surface over the past weeks, instigating the earthquakes.