Fagradalsfjall’s Geldingadalir volcano erupted again in Iceland

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Wednesday morning, Fagradalsfjall’s Geldingadalir volcano in an uninhabited valley near the capital city of Reykjavík erupted in southwest Iceland not far from Keflavik Airport, Iceland’s international air traffic hub, just eight months after its last eruption officially ended. Images and livestreams by local news outlets MBL and RUV showed lava and smoke spewing from a fissure in the ground. The eruption is classified as a fissure eruption and does not usually result in large explosions or significant production of ash. The airport remained opened and no flights were disrupted. the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management also informed that volcanic activity does not pose a threat to infrastructure or lives at this time. However after a 5.47-magnitude quake on Sunday bigger earthquakes of 4.7 magnitude were detected since Monday.

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The IMO has recorded over 3,000 earthquakes in the last week.The Icelandic Meteorological Office urged people not to go near the Fagradalsfjall volcano especially due to poisonous gases. A “code red” was declared to prohibit airplanes from flying over the site. The 2021 eruption in the same area produced spectacular lava flows for several months. It attracted thousands of Icelanders and tourists to the scene. The Reykjanes Peninsula is a volcanic and seismic hot spot, located between the Eurasian and the North American tectonic plates, among the largest on the planet.