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Another volcanic eruption in Iceland – news.ORF.at

Another volcanic eruption in Iceland – news.ORF.at

Another volcanic eruption occurred in Iceland. This morning, a long fissure opened north of the coastal city of Grindavik, shooting glowing red lava several meters into the air. A lava field quickly formed around the fissure, as seen on a live broadcast from Icelandic broadcaster RUV.

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In the volcanic region of the Reykjanes Peninsula southwest of Reykjavik, spectacular rift eruptions of this type have occurred recently, most recently in January, when lava reached the slopes of Mount Grindavik.

There is no immediate danger

The Fedorstova Meteorological Service recently recorded a new accumulation of several million cubic meters of magma under the area and thus warned of an increased possibility of another eruption in the near future.

According to the Met Office, the eruption began around 6am today north-east of Mount Selinjarville, after being announced shortly before with increased earthquake activity.

Authorities announced this morning that the rift is about three kilometers long and that lava initially flows mainly toward the west. According to RUV information, there was initially no immediate danger to Grindavik, the nearby Blue Lagoon geothermal baths and the power station in the area.

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