Long-dormant volcano in Reykjavik in southwestern Iceland

Long-dormant volcano in Reykjavik in southwestern Iceland

Iceland: A long-dormant volcano in southwestern Iceland erupted on Friday, near the capital Reykjavik in Southwestern Iceland. This volcano eruption happened after thousands of small earthquakes were reported in the past three weeks, signalling a possibility of a volcanic eruption.

A long dormant volcano on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland flared to life Friday night, spilling lava down two sides in that area’s first volcanic eruption in nearly 800 years.

Initial footage showed it was a relatively small eruption with two streams of lava running in opposite directions, Associated Press reported. The glow from the lava could be seen from the outskirts of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, which is about 32 kilometers (20 miles) away, the agency added.

The Department of Emergency Management said it was not anticipating evacuations because the volcano is in a remote valley, about 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) from the nearest road. 

Since the volcano was located in a remote area (about 2.5 kilometers from the nearest road), no evacuations have been made so far.

The Fagradals Mountain volcano had been dormant for 6,000 years, and the Reykjanes Peninsula hadn’t seen an eruption of any volcano in 781 years.

There had been signs of a possible eruption recently, with earthquakes occurring daily for the past three weeks. But volcanologists were still taken by surprise because the seismic activity had calmed down before the eruption.

Notably, this was the area’s first nearly volcanic eruption in around 800 years. The Fagradals Mountain volcano had been lying dormant for 6,000 years.  A total of 40,000 earthquakes have rocked the peninsula in a month. This is in stark contrast to the 1,000-3,000 earthquakes being registered since 2014.