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Iceland volcano erupts, spewing lava hundreds of feet high, and a state of emergency is declared.

by Sub Editor - Mar 17 197 Views 0 Comment
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Iceland's Reykjanes Peninsula residents are being forced to evacuate due to a volcanic eruption, marking the fourth eruption in the area since November.


According to a statement from the Icelandic Met Office, a volcanic eruption has begun between Stora Skogfell and Hagafell on the Reykjanes Peninsula.


Just moments before the eruption, the IMO had issued a warning about the seismic activity in the area, suggesting a strong possibility of an eruption.


Following the incident, local authorities swiftly evacuated the renowned Blue Lagoon geothermal pool and the neighbouring fishing town of Grindavik.


For the second time, the town's population of approximately 4,000 individuals has been forced to evacuate after being allowed to return to their residences on February 19th.


On November 11th, residents were compelled to evacuate due to three additional volcanic eruptions that had taken place since December 18th.


In January, a volcanic fissure unexpectedly opened on the town's edge, causing lava to flow into the streets and the destruction of three homes.


In March, seismic activity led to the evacuation of Blue Lagoon. The well-known tourist spot had to shut down for a week in November due to 1,400 earthquakes recorded within 24 hours.


Iceland boasts an impressive 33 active volcano systems, the highest number in any European country. The Reykjanes Peninsula boasts a mesmerising volcanic rift valley adorned with vast lava fields and cones.


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