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Volcano in Iceland begins erupting again, shooting lava into the sky – vopbuzz

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GRINDAVIK: A volcano It erupted in southwestern Iceland on Wednesday for the fifth time since December, erupting in red lava He threatened the seaside town once again Grindavik and led to the evacuation of the public Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.
The eruption began in the afternoon after a series of events. earthquakes The northern part of the town of 3,800 people was largely evacuated in December after the volcano revived after centuries of dormancy and put on an impressive display of the power of nature.
Although activity began to calm down in the early evening, initial estimates found the eruption to be the most powerful in the region, as it shot lava 50 meters (165 feet) into the sky from a fissure that grew up to 3.5 kilometers (2.1 miles) wide. The Icelandic Meteorological Office said that was the length.
The barriers built to protect Grindavik diverted the lava, which had cut off two of the three roads leading to the city and was approaching the third.
“There is a much bigger voice now moving towards the city,” Grindavik Mayor Fannar Jonasson told national broadcaster RUV. “Lava has already conquered (a lot).”
Police said workers and anyone still in town were ordered to leave early in the day.
At one point, a dark ash cloud boiled over the crater due to the explosive interaction of magma hitting groundwater, scientists said.
Johanna Malen Skuladottir from the Met Office told RUV that the cloud did not initially rise high enough to pose any threat to aviation, but scientists were monitoring the situation closely.
Grindavik, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, is under threat after earthquakes in November forced evacuations ahead of the first eruption on December 18. A subsequent explosion destroyed some defensive walls and destroyed many buildings.
The area is part of the Svartsengi volcanic system, which lay dormant for approximately 800 years before re-awakening.
The volcano erupted again in February and March. The explosion on February 8 swallowed a pipeline, cutting off heat and hot water to thousands of people.
Located on a volcanic hotspot in the North Atlantic, Iceland sees regular eruptions and is experienced in dealing with them. The most devastating event of recent times was the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, which sent large ash clouds into the atmosphere and led to widespread airspace closures over Europe.
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