The eruption occurred about 40 kilometers from Reykjavik, near the Fagradalsfjall volcano on
On Wednesday, eyewitnesses observed a strip of glowing red lava that burst from the ground to a height of 20-30 meters into the air.
Icelandic Meteorological Office, whichmonitors seismic activity in the country, estimated the size of the crack at about 300 meters. The statement said the eruption began in the Meradalir Valley, less than a kilometer from the site of last year's eruption.
Wednesday's eruption came after a period of intense seismic activity, with about 10,000 earthquakes recorded since Saturday, including two with a magnitude of at least 5.0.
Mount Fagradalsfjall belongs to the Krisuvik volcanic system on the Reykjanes peninsula in southwestern Iceland.
Although no ash plume was observed, the departmentstated that possible air pollution due to the release of gas. Gases from a volcanic eruption, especially sulfur dioxide, can rise in the immediate vicinity of a hotspot, posing a health hazard and even death.
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