Icelandic Volcano Dormant for 6000 Years Erupts 20 Miles from Capital

The Fagradals Mountain volcano on Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland erupted approximately 20 miles from the capital city of Reykjavik. 

The eruption, however, was considered relatively small and isolated and not yet considered a threat area populations.

The volcano, dormant for over 6,000 years was captured on a web camera. Video of the eruption is posted to the Icelandic Meteorological Office Facebook page.

No evacuations are  planned because the volcano is located in an isolated valley.

“As of now it is not considered a threat to surrounding towns,” Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir tweeted. “We ask people to keep away from the immediate area and stay safe.”

Iceland’s emergency management agency also warned people to stay away, urging people to stay indoors, close windows and doors because of volcano gases. 

Iceland has been shaken by tens of thousands of small earthquakes over the last four weeks. 


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