Volcano Dormant for 6,000 Years Erupts in Iceland

Volcano Dormant for 6,000 Years Erupts in Iceland

From the outskirts of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, we could see the glow from the lava of Mount Fagradal volcano.

Reykjavik, Iceland, a long dormant volcano on the Reykjavik Peninsula in southwestern Iceland burned on Friday night, causing lava to spill on both sides in the first volcanic eruption in nearly 800 years.

The first aerial footage posted on the Icelandic Meteorological Agency’s Facebook page has so far shown a relatively small eruption, with two lava flows flowing in opposite directions. The glow from the lava could be seen from the outskirts of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. Reykjavik is about 32 km (20 miles) away.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it did not anticipate evacuation because the volcano is in a valley about 2.5 km (1.5 miles) from the nearest road.

Fagradals Mountain volcano has been dormant for 6,000 years and no volcanic eruption has been seen on the Reykjanes Peninsula for 781 years.

Recently, there have been signs of an eruption, with daily earthquakes for the past three weeks. However, volcanologists were still surprised as seismic activity had subsided before the eruption.

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