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Icelandic Coast Guard captures Fagradalsfjall volcano eruption after 800 years of inactivity


Icelandic Coast Guard captures Fagradalsfjall volcano eruption after 800 years of inactivity

Images of the Fagradalsfjall volcano, in Iceland, this Saturday.

Foto:
ICELANDIC COAST GUARD / AFP / Getty Images

Images released by the authorities in Iceland show the eruption of the volcano since this Friday in an uninhabited area 25 miles from the capital Reykjavik for the first time in about 800 years.

The eruption occurred around 9:45 pm near Fagradalsfjall, a mountain on the Reykjanes Peninsula..

Police and Coast Guard officials captured the moment when the crack in the earth’s crust expels lava, exposing a spectacle of brilliant colors tinging the darkness.

The images also reveal streams of red lava bubbling and moving toward a fissure in the Geldingadalur valley. This Saturday, the eruption of the substance caused clouds of blue gas.

The experts recommended that the inhabitants of the capital stay away from the area that is also close to the hot springs of Blue Lagoon.

“The eruption is considered small,” said the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO). The agency that monitors seismic activity further indicated that the fissure is estimated to be between 1,640 and 3,280 feet in length, while the lava is estimated to be less than half a square mile in size.

Volcano eruption in Iceland
Images of the Fagradalsfjall volcano, in Iceland, this Saturday. Photo: ICELANDIC COAST GUARD / AFP, Getty Images
Volcano eruption in Iceland
Images of the Fagradalsfjall volcano, in Iceland, this Saturday. Photo: ICELANDIC COAST GUARD / AFP, Getty Images
Volcano eruption in Iceland
Images of the Fagradalsfjall volcano, in Iceland, this Saturday. Photo: ICELANDIC COAST GUARD / AFP, Getty Images
Volcano eruption in Iceland
Images of the Fagradalsfjall volcano, in Iceland, this Saturday. Photo: ICELANDIC COAST GUARD / AFP, Getty Images
Volcano eruption in Iceland
Images of the Fagradalsfjall volcano, in Iceland, this Saturday. Photo: ICELANDIC COAST GUARD / AFP, Getty Images
Volcano eruption in Iceland
Images of the Fagradalsfjall volcano, in Iceland, this Saturday. Photo: ICELANDIC COAST GUARD / AFP, Getty Images
Volcano eruption in Iceland
Images of the Fagradalsfjall volcano, in Iceland, this Saturday. Photo: ICELANDIC COAST GUARD / AFP, Getty Images

Eruption after an earthquake

The Krysuvik volcanic system had been dormant for the past 900 years, according to the report of the aforementioned office, while in the Reykjanes peninsula the inaction extended to 800 years, in 1240.

However, the region was under surveillance for several weeks after a 5.7 earthquake struck on February 24 near Mount Keilir outside Reykjavik. The quake was followed by some 50,000 movements, the highest number since 1991.




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