Erupting since March 19, the volcano that is about 40 km from the capital Reykjavik has become a tourist attraction, attracting hundreds of onlookers daily.
- VIDEO: Drone shows explosions and rivers of lava at Fagradalsfjall volcano
Visitors were removed from the site, and nearby accesses were closed by Icelandic police as a security measure.
Two new fissures open during an eruption in Iceland on April 5, 2021 – Photo: Ljósmynd / Almannavarnir
The new cracks opened around noon (local time) about a kilometer from the first explosion, recorded in late March. They are between 100 and 200 meters long.
The country’s meteorological service alerted the public to falling rocks and landslides when the volcano eruption, located in the Geldingardalur valley, on the Reykjanes peninsula, began.
Icelandic volcanologists, who initially predicted a short-lived eruption, now estimate that it will last for weeks or even longer.
MAP – Eruption in Iceland – Photo: G1 Mundo
The Fagradalsfjall volcano was long asleep and its eruption should not interfere with flights in the country or jeopardize the nearest cities.
In 2010, the eruption of another volcano, Eyjafjallajokull, disrupted air traffic across Europe. The last eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula occurred 800 years ago with several episodes from 1210 to 1240.
New cracks open during an eruption in Iceland on April 5, 2021 – Photo: Ljósmynd / Almannavarnir
Lava river flows after eruption in Iceland on April 5, 2021 – Photo: Ljósmynd / Almannavarnir
New explosions in Iceland volcano on April 5, 2021 – Photo: Ljósmynd / Almannavarnir
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