A volcano in Iceland close to Reykjavik has begun to erupt lower than a yr after its first eruption in 6,000 years had ended.
The Fagradalsfjall volcano is situated about 20 miles (about 32km) away from Keflavik airport, within the southwest of the island nation.
No flights have been disrupted and the worldwide airport has remained open. Roads within the space have been closed.
Lava has been popping out of a slim fissure within the volcano, as seen in footage from a reside video feed belonging to the Icelandic state broadcaster RUV.
The lava has been flowing over an space of solidified lava that was emitted throughout final yr’s eruption that lasted a number of months.
The eruption that began in March 2021 went on for six months earlier than it ended on 19 September. It was the volcano’s first eruption in 6,000 years, and the primary eruption within the Reykjanes Peninsula in additional than 800 years.
Tourism web site Visit Iceland stated that the 2021 eruption started with a fissure that was 180 metres (600ft) lengthy.
It stated it has been often called a “tourist eruption” – a commonly-used time period in Iceland for eruptions deemed comparatively secure for individuals to observe in individual.
It provides: “The lava flow was soon concentrated in two craters that erupted continuously. There was no explosive activity producing ash plumes, as happened in the Eyjafjallajökull 2010 eruption, causing a shutdown in air traffic over Europe.
“In this case, the eruption turned out to be an effusive fissure eruption, producing a steady outflow of basaltic lava of about 6m3 and releasing volcanic gases.
“After a few weeks, new fissures formed and new vents started to open while others became inactive. At one point, six craters were erupting simultaneously.”