Otherworldly images of Iceland’s recent volcanic eruption

Otherworldly images of Iceland’s recent volcanic eruption

Volunteers from the rescue team stand ready to help guests and inform them of any danger as lava flows through a new fissure after a volcanic eruption in the Meradalir valley on Iceland's Reykjanes peninsula on August 3, 2022. (Ernir Eyjolfsson/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Volunteers from the rescue team stand ready to help guests and inform them of any danger as lava flows through a new fissure after a volcanic eruption in the Meradalir valley on Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula on August 3, 2022. (Ernir Eyjolfsson/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

  • Iceland’s volcano Fagradalsfjall began spewing magma again on Wednesday.
  • The volcano was dormant for more than 6,000 years before 2021, when it erupted for six months.
  • Pictures show the otherworldly landscape while the volcano once again oozes magma.

Iceland’s Fagradalsfjall volcano began spewing magma again on Wednesday, just eight months after its last eruption ended.

Video from Wednesday showed magma shooting from a narrow fissure measuring about 109 to 218 yards long of near-cooled lava from last year’s eruption.

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The volcano is located in the southwest of Iceland in the uninhabited Meradalir valley on the Reykjanes peninsula, about 20 miles from Reykjavik. Nearby Keflavik Airport remained open and no flights were disrupted.

Three tourists were injured near the volcano Wednesday night, though the injuries, including a broken ankle, were not serious, the New York Times reported. The Icelandic Meteorological Office urged people to stay away from the volcano.

Volcanologist Magnus Tumi Gundmundsson told The Associated Press that the eruption appeared to be small, and the Icelandic government said the risk to populated areas and infrastructure was low.

“But we don’t know where in the process things are,” Gundmundsson clarified.

A series of earthquakes shook the peninsula in the week before the eruption, leading scientists to expect an eruption soon.

The same area erupted from March to September 2021. Before the 2021 eruption, Fagradalsfjall had been dormant for more than 6,000 years, and there had not been an eruption on the Reykjaneshalvøya for almost 800 years. Hundreds of thousands of tourists flocked to see the spectacular site during the six-month-long lava flow.

On average, Iceland has an eruption every four to five years, as it lies where two tectonic plates diverge, making it a volcanic hotspot in the North Atlantic. The most disruptive eruption in recent times was the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which erupted in 2010 and disrupted air travel for days, grounding more than 100,000 planes.

Click through the slideshow above to see the otherworldly landscape as Fagradalsfjall once again oozes magma.

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The eruption started in the evening of March 19, 2021. This photo was taken in the center of Grindavík, the town closest to the volcano, during the early morning hours of March 20.  The glow of flowing lava can be seen reflected from the clouds above the volcano.  (Chris Matthews)

The eruption started in the evening of March 19, 2021. This photo was taken in the center of Grindavík, the town closest to the volcano, during the early morning hours of March 20. The glow of flowing lava can be seen reflected from the clouds above the volcano. (Chris Matthews)

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