Volcano that was dormant for 6,000 years erupts in Iceland

#Reykjanes #eruption pic.twitter.com/2YsSbGtIuZ— Icelandic Meteorological Office – IMO (@Vedurstofan) March 20, 2021

A small earthquake happened just hours before the volcano erupted. 
A screenshot from the seismograph showing the hours before the eruption. But on Friday night, following weeks of earthquakes in the area, the volcano came to life. 

The eruption is the first that the Reykjanes Peninsula, where the volcano is located, has experienced in 781 years. Video of the eruption show the bright lava oozing out of the earth, lighting up an otherwise stark dark night. Trending News

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“Lava fountains are small and lava flows are currently a very local hazard,” the office tweeted. The Scientific Council for Civil Protection said on Saturday morning that they do not believe the eruption is a threat to structures. 
The eruption is small and the volcanic activity has somewhat decreased since yesterday evening. It’s about 15 miles south of Reykjavik and just erupted. You can start practicing your pronunciation:Foie-gras-thals-fiat-illHave fun#iceland #volcano pic.twitter.com/IYFHQMzWsx— Ragnar Fjölnisson (@rfjolnisson) March 19, 2021

Icelandic Police tweeted on Friday that people were to stay indoors and keep their windows closed to prevent gas pollution. A very low tremor is current to the right of the image and only on those monitors next to the eruption site, (bottom lines). Volcano that was dormant for 6,000 years erupts in Iceland

By Li Cohen

March 20, 2021 / 9:29 AM
/ CBS News

The Fagradals Mountain volcano in southwest Iceland had been dormant for 6,000 years. On Thursday, just one day before the eruption, the IMO reported that there had been 400 earthquakes in a span of about seven hours. Dozens of them had a magnitude of 3 or higher, meaning they could be felt. #Reykjanes #Eruption #Fagradalsfjall pic.twitter.com/B862heMzQL— Icelandic Meteorological Office – IMO (@Vedurstofan) March 19, 2021

By Saturday morning, the Icelandic Meteorological Office reported that volcanic activity had “somewhat decreased” since Friday evening. Despite the extent, it was “somewhat less” seismic activity compared to other mornings where there have been roughly 1,000 earthquakes. 
First published on March 20, 2021 / 9:29 AM 500 – 700 m long. #Reykjanes #Eruption pic.twitter.com/OKMNBlthxX— Icelandic Meteorological Office – IMO (@Vedurstofan) March 20, 2021

Southwest Iceland has been hit with a “swarm” of thousands of earthquakes since February 24. The eruption starts at ca 20:45, time stamp is at the bottom. Taken from the Coast Guard helicopter. Scientists at the department have not cited major concern for people in the area, as the lava area is less than 1 square kilometer. The glow from the lava could be seen up to 20 miles away from Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital, according to the Associated Press and photos of the glow. 
This is Fagradalsfjall. The eruptive fissure is appr. Eruptive fissures — cracks in the earth’s surface from which lava comes out — are approximately 500 to 700 meters long, according to the office. The lava area is less than 1 km2. Lava fountains are small and lava flows are currently a very local hazard. When volcanoes erupt, the lava spews several potentially hazardous gases, including sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide and hydrogen fluoride, according to the United State Environmental Protection Agency. 

The Icelandic Meteorological Office said on Saturday morning that the pollution from this eruption, however, “is not expected to cause much discomfort for people except close up to the source of the eruption.” On its website, the office said “no volcanic ash is detected but high level of volcanic gases has been measured close to the eruption site.” Scientists and officials are monitoring the emissions closely. 
A new video of the eruption at Geldingardalur valley in Reykjanes peninsula.