Volcano Near Iceland’s Main Airport Erupts Again

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — A volcano in southwest Iceland started erupting Wednesday, the nation’s meteorological authorities mentioned — simply eight months after its final eruption formally ended.

The Icelandic Meteorological Workplace urged individuals to not go close to the Fagradalsfjall volcano, which is situated some 32 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of the capital, Reykjavik.

The eruption in an uninhabited valley is just not removed from Keflavik Airport, Iceland’s worldwide air site visitors hub. The airport remained open and no flights had been disrupted.

A reside video feed from the positioning confirmed magma spewing from a slender fissure about 100 to 200 meters (109 to 218 yards) lengthy over a area of lava from final 12 months’s eruption, the primary on the Reykjanes Peninsula in nearly 800 years.

Scientists had anticipated an eruption someplace on the peninsula after a collection of earthquakes over the previous week indicated volcanic exercise near the crust.

Volcanologist Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson informed The Related Press that the eruption seemed to be small.

“But we don’t know where in the process things are at,” he mentioned as he boarded a helicopter for a primary look.

The 2021 eruption in the identical space produced spectacular lava flows for a number of months. Lots of of 1000’s individuals flocked to see the spectacular sight.

Iceland, situated above a volcanic hotspot within the North Atlantic, averages an eruption each 4 to 5 years.

Probably the most disruptive in current instances was the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which despatched clouds of ash and mud into the ambiance, interrupting air journey for days between Europe and North America due to issues the ash may injury jet engines. Greater than 100,000 flights had been grounded, stranding thousands and thousands of passengers.

Shares in Iceland’s flagship airline, Icelandair, rose 6% when information of the eruption broke Wednesday. Traders and residents alike had been spooked by the opportunity of a way more disruptive eruption in a populated space of the peninsula.