A volcano located in southwest Iceland began erupting on Wednesday, according to the country’s meteorological authorities. The eruption comes just eight months after its last eruption officially ended. The volcano is situated in an uninhabited valley that is not too far from Keflavik Airport.
Despite the eruption the airport remained open and no flights were disrupted. A live video displays magma spewing from a narrow fissure about 100 to 200 metres long. It is over a filed of lava from last year’s eruption which was the first on the Reykjanes Peninsula in almost 800 years.
Scientists had predicted the eruption on the peninsula as a series of earthquakes hit the country over the past week. This indicated that volcanic activity was close to the crust. A volcanologist Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson said the eruption appeared to be small.
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