Iceland sees third volcano eruption in months

Web Desk
A screengrab from the video posted online. — X/@TheWatcherDaily
A screengrab from the video posted online. — X/@TheWatcherDaily

A third volcanic eruption occurred on Thursday on the southwestern peninsula of Reykjanes in Iceland, the Business Recorder reported.

This is the third volcano eruption since December 2023 in the peninsula.

On Thursday, the third volcanic explosion to strike the region since December began on the Reykjanes peninsula in southwest Iceland, according to authorities.

Live video showed blazing lava seeping out from a crack and illuminating the night sky into a column of smoke.

According to a statement by the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO), "At 5:30 this morning, intense small earthquake activity began northeast of Sylingarfell. About 30 minutes later, an eruption began in the same area."

According to the initial assessment made during a Coast Guard fly-past, the fissure measured roughly three kilometres (1.86 miles) in length, according to the IMO.

It occurred in the same area as two previous eruptions—the first on December 18 and the second on January 14—near the fishing village of Grindavik, which had been evacuated.

With more than 30 active volcano systems, Iceland has more than any other country in Europe.

It straddles the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a crack in the ocean floor separating the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.

Until March 2021, the Reykjanes peninsula had not experienced an eruption for eight centuries.

Fresh eruptions occurred in August 2022 and July and December 2023, leading volcanologists to say it was probably the start of a new era of activity in the region.