A new volcanic eruption began Thursday morning on the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland (southwest), the third in the region since December 18.
Television images show orange-red lava flowing with a plume of smoke rising from a fissure in the Icelandic night. “At around 05:30 local time this morning, a small earthquake started to intensify northeast of Silingarfell. About 30 minutes later, an eruption started in the same area,” the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) wrote.
According to initial reports from a Coast Guard surveillance plane, the explosion occurred in the same area as the December 18 blast. The crack is approximately three kilometers long,” the IMO added. The company predicted an imminent explosion in its latest report.
It was the sixth volcanic eruption in Iceland in two years, with the previous one occurring in the early hours of January 14 near Grindavik, a small town of 4,000 people. The city was evacuated on 11 November as a precaution.
Thirty-two volcanic systems are thought to be active in this country of fire and ice, Europe's most volcanic region.
A new volcanic eruption is expected in Iceland: “Warning may not be given at this time”
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