New volcanic eruption causes state of emergency in southwestern Iceland

New volcanic eruption causes state of emergency in southwestern Iceland

Copenhagen – A volcanic eruption has begun on the Reykjanes peninsula, southwest of Iceland, the fifth in recent months, the Nordic country’s Meteorological Office (IMO) reported this Wednesday.

The IMO explained in a statement that the eruption has been located near Sundhnuk, north of the town of Grindavik, and can be seen on web cameras in the area.

“The lava flows reach 50 meters in height and the length of the fissure appears to be a kilometer and is growing”it appears in the writing.

The Icelandic authorities have declared a state of emergency and both the town of Grindavik and the Blue Lagoon, the famous geothermal spa located in the area, were evacuated before the start of the eruption, when seismic activity began to increase.

This is the fifth volcanic eruption in the area since December and in all of them only material damage has been reported.

The previous eruption began in March and lasted for eight weeks.

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