Dormant Volcano in Iceland Erupts After 6,000 Years
A volcano, which was dormant for over 6000 years, in Iceland’s southwestern corner Reykjanes Peninsula erupted on Friday night. According to the Icelandic Meteorological Office, the eruption was “minor”, it is easing and poses no threat to the nearby towns. However, the Department of Emergency Management warned the nearby residents of harmful gas and ash, asking them to keep their windows shut.
“We are monitoring the situation closely and as of now it is not considered a threat to surrounding towns,” Iceland Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir said on Twitter.
“We ask people to keep away from the immediate area and stay safe,” she added.
The volcano on the Fagradals Mountain was dormant for 6,000 years, with no eruption experienced within the boundaries of Reykjanes Peninsula in the last 800 years. The region had witnessed earthquakes in the past but the Meteorological Office believes that this rare eruption is short-lived and the lava fountains are not much strong.
“The more we see, the smaller this eruption gets,” geophysicist Pall Einarsson was quoted as saying by The Associated Press.
No flight will be canceled due to the volcano eruption, said Iceland’s international air traffic centre, Keflavik Airport.
“There is no indication of production of ash and tephra, and there is no imminent hazard for aviation,” the country’s Met Office made it clear on its website.
Solny Palsdottir, who lives just four kilometers away from the spot of volcano in a town called Grindavik, told The Associated Press: “Today, I see a white-blue cloud of steam coming from the mountains. Not something I expected to have in my backyard.”
“I am just relieved the earthquakes are over,” she added.
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