Icelandic volcano erupts after weeks of tremors, flights grounded

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Icelandic volcano erupts after weeks of tremors, flights grounded
Icelandic volcano erupts after weeks of tremors, flights grounded
Icelandic volcano erupts after weeks of tremors, flights grounded

After weeks of tremors, a volcano in Iceland near the capital Reykjavik has erupted, shutting down flights.

Iceland's meteorological service confirmed on Friday night that the Fagradalsfjall volcano on the Reykjanes peninsula between the capital and Keflavik, site of the country's largest airport, had begun to erupt.

Aerial photography confirmed the eruption at the site, with a visible lava stream from a fissure about 200 metres long, authorities said.

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Traffic at Keflavik International Airport has been halted while the eruption is being assessed. At present, there is no known lava threat to any nearby settlements, but people in the area are being asked to stay away and await further instructions.

"Volcanic gas pollution is expected to extend as far as Þorlákshöfn and to continue into the night. People are asked to close windows and stay indoors. The status and amount of SO2 emissions from the eruption are being assessed," Iceland's civil defence agency said on Twitter.

Seismologists have speculated that an eruption was possible over the past weeks, with around 40,000 small tremors registered prior to Friday night's eruption.