Volcanic eruption underway on the Reykjavik Peninsula, the capital of Iceland. This was announced by the Icelandic Meteorological Agency. In recent weeks, thousands of earthquakes had been recorded, mostly of low magnitude probably due to the movement of magma under the peninsula and were considered a prelude to a volcanic eruption around Mount Keilir: the peninsula, located southwest of the capital. Reykjavik, is a seismic hot spot, with at least 40,000 earthquakes in the past few weeks.
“The volcanic eruption started in Fagradalsfjall,” the meteorological office reported in a tweet, referring to a mountain located about 30 kilometers southwest of the capital. Pictures on local media websites showed a bright red bright night sky. All air traffic in and out of Keflavik, the international airport, has been stopped. A helicopter with scientific personnel on board left for the area to assess the extent of the eruption.
Photo by Hilmar Bragi (@Vikurfrettir)
March 19, 2021 (change March 19, 2021 | 23:58)