New volcanic eruption in Iceland – evacuation on the Reykjanes Peninsula

The volcanic eruption occurred on the Reykjanes peninsula in southwest Iceland and is the fourth since December.

The site is between Hagafell and Stóra Skógfell and started at 20.23 local time on Saturday.

One minute before the volcanic eruption, residents in the area received a text message warning from Iceland’s meteorological authority about increased seismic activity and that there was a risk of another eruption, reports Rúv.

Evacuation has begun in the port city of Grindavík, reports

Tonight’s volcanic eruption is in the same area as the eruption on February 8.

The text is updated.

Fact: Volcanic Iceland

The boundary between the North American and Eurasian continental plates runs right through Iceland.

The location means that Iceland has an extremely high amount of geological activity. For example, a volcanic eruption in the 18th century led to the death of a quarter of the population.

Most of the time, however, the eruptions are minor, and do not cause major consequences if they occur in sparsely populated, mountainous parts of the country. But modern society is sensitive in new ways – when Eyjafjallajökull on Iceland’s south coast spewed ash over Europe in the spring of 2010, air traffic was disrupted for up to several weeks.

Source: TT