Icelandic Civil Safety through AP
REYKJAVIK, Iceland — A volcano in southwestern Iceland erupted for the second time in lower than a month on Sunday, sending lava snaking towards a close-by neighborhood and setting no less than one residence on hearth.
The eruption, which started simply earlier than 8 a.m. native time, got here after authorities evacuated the city of Grindavik following a swarm of small earthquakes, the Icelandic Meteorological Workplace stated. Hours later, a second fissure opened close to the sting of city and lava crept towards the houses.
“We simply watch it on the cameras and there is actually nothing else we will do,” resident Reynir Berg Jónsson, instructed Iceland’s RUV tv.
Grindavik is a city of three,800 folks about 50 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital. The neighborhood was beforehand evacuated in November following a collection of earthquakes that opened massive cracks within the earth between the city and Sýlingarfell, a small mountain to the north. The close by Blue Lagoon geothermal spa — one in all Iceland’s greatest vacationer points of interest — additionally closed quickly.
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The volcano ultimately erupted on Dec. 18, and residents have been allowed to return to their houses on Dec. 22.
Within the weeks since then, defensive partitions had been constructed across the volcano in hopes of directing lava away from the neighborhood. However the partitions of the boundaries constructed north of Grindavik have been breached and lava is shifting towards the neighborhood, the meteorological workplace stated.
“This continues to shock us,” Benedikt Ófeigsson of the meteorological workplace instructed RUV. “Issues have been slowing down after the eruption began, however about half an hour or an hour in the past they began to choose up velocity once more. We’re not seeing a slowdown within the city.”
Iceland, which sits above a volcanic sizzling spot within the North Atlantic, averages one eruption each 4 to 5 years.
Probably the most disruptive in latest occasions was the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which spewed clouds of ash into the environment and disrupted transatlantic air journey for months.
However Sunday’s eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula is not anticipated to launch massive quantities of ash into the air. Operations at Keflavík Airport are persevering with as regular, stated Gudjon Helgason, airport operator Isavia’s press officer.
Earlier than final month’s eruption, the world recognized broadly as Svartsengi volcano had been dormant for round 780 years. The volcano is just some kilometers west of Fagradalsfjall, which was dormant for six,000 years earlier than flaring to life in March 2021. The newest eruption was extra highly effective than these in recent times.