A volcano erupted on Sunday morning in southwestern Iceland, not far from the capital, Reykjavik. Lava flows towards the evacuated village of Grindavik, which was also evacuated in December due to an impending volcanic eruption.
The explosion occurred at around eight in the morning (local time). In Iceland it is an hour earlier than in the Netherlands.
An opening has been created in the ground just north of Grindavik. The length of this groove is about one kilometre. Shortly after noon another crack appeared south of the first.
Public Broadcasting Corporation RÚV He writes that lava is flowing towards Grindavík. At the moment the lava is 450 meters away from some houses. Residents of Grindavik were already evacuated on Saturday due to a possible eruption. The eruption can be followed via live broadcast.
“It is a blessing that they were able to save the most important thing, which is the people,” said Kristin Jónsdóttir of the Icelandic Meteorological Authority. RÚV. Power was cut off in some places in Grindavik. Nearly three thousand people live in the village, and the volcanic eruption was a great shock to them, according to mayor Fanar Jonasson.
In December, lava flowed in the other direction
In December, the village emerged unscathed from another volcanic eruption. The lava then flowed in a different direction, preventing it from reaching the site.
The volcanic surface of Reykjanes Island, south of Reykjavik where Grindavik is located, has been very active in recent years. This is already the fifth eruption in the region since 2021.
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