Incredible moment Icelandic volcano erupts with huge fountain of lava spewing from two-mile long fissure

This is the incredible moment a volcano in Iceland erupted, sending a huge fountain of lava into the air, spurting from a two-mile-long fissure.

The eruption began around 6 a.m., sending lava into the air along a 1.9-mile-long fissure northeast of Mount Sundhnukur, the Icelandic Meteorological Office said.

The latest dramatic activity comes less than two months after a previous eruption in the area forced the evacuation of the coastal town of Grindavik.

Coast Guard surveillance indicated that the eruption occurred in the same area as one that occurred on December 18 in southwest Iceland.

The Met Office said lava was flowing to the west and there was no immediate threat to the town of Grindavik – evacuated after a previous eruption late last year – or to a major power station in the area.

A volcano in southwest Iceland erupted on Thursday, less than two months after a previous eruption in the area forced the evacuation of the coastal town of Grindavik.

A volcano in southwest Iceland erupted on Thursday, less than two months after a previous eruption in the area forced the evacuation of the coastal town of Grindavik.

The eruption began around 6 a.m., sending lava into the air along a 1.9-mile-long fissure northeast of Mount Sundhnukur, the Icelandic Meteorological Office said

The eruption began around 6 a.m., sending lava into the air along a 1.9-mile-long fissure northeast of Mount Sundhnukur, the Icelandic Meteorological Office said

Lava pours down a road leading to the Icelandic town of Grindavik after the eruption today

Lava pours down a road leading to the Icelandic town of Grindavik after the eruption today

‘At 5:30 this morning, intense small earthquake activity began northeast of Sylingarfell. About 30 minutes later, an eruption started in the same area,’ the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) said in a statement.

IMO added that based on an initial assessment of an overlap by the Coast Guard, the breach was approximately two miles long.

Icelandic national broadcaster RUV said the nearby famous Blue Lagoon thermal spa, one of Iceland’s biggest tourist attractions, was closed when the eruption began and guests were evacuated to hotels.

It will be closed until Thursday, the broadcaster said.

It is the third eruption since December from a volcanic system on the Reykjanes peninsula, which is home to Keflavik, Iceland’s main airport.

No disruption was reported at the airport on Thursday.

Iceland, which sits above a volcanic hot spot in the North Atlantic, has an eruption on average every four to five years, although as of March 2021, the Reykjanes Peninsula had not experienced an eruption for eight centuries.

Fresh eruptions occurred in August 2022, and July and December 2023, prompting volcanologists to say that this was likely the start of a new era of activity in the region.

The country straddles the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a crack in the ocean floor that separates the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.

IMO added that the gap (seen this morning) was approximately two miles long, based on an initial assessment of an overlap by the Coast Guard

IMO added that the gap (seen this morning) was approximately two miles long, based on an initial assessment of an overlap by the Coast Guard

It is the third eruption since December from a volcanic system on the Reykjanes peninsula, which is home to Keflavik, Iceland's main airport.

It is the third eruption since December from a volcanic system on the Reykjanes peninsula, which is home to Keflavik, Iceland’s main airport.

Iceland, which sits above a volcanic hot spot in the North Atlantic Ocean, has an eruption on average every four to five years, although the Reykjanes Peninsula has not experienced an eruption for eight centuries until March 2021.

Iceland, which sits above a volcanic hot spot in the North Atlantic Ocean, has an eruption on average every four to five years, although the Reykjanes Peninsula has not experienced an eruption for eight centuries until March 2021.

People look at the erupting volcano, north of Grindavik, Iceland, on Thursday

People look at the erupting volcano, north of Grindavik, Iceland, on Thursday

A volcano spews lava and smoke as it erupts, near Grindavik, on Reykjanes Peninsula, February 8

A volcano spews lava and smoke as it erupts, near Grindavik, on Reykjanes Peninsula, February 8

This handout photo released by the Icelandic Coast Guard on February 8, 2024 shows a cameraman filming billowing smoke and flowing lava pouring from a new fissure during a new volcanic eruption on the outskirts of the evacuated town of Grindavik

This handout photo released by the Icelandic Coast Guard on February 8, 2024 shows a cameraman filming billowing smoke and flowing lava pouring from a new fissure during a new volcanic eruption on the outskirts of the evacuated town of Grindavik

Most disruptive in recent times was the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which spewed huge clouds of ash into the atmosphere and led to widespread airspace closures over Europe.

Grindavik, a town of 3,800 people about 30 miles southwest of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, was evacuated in November when the Svartsengi volcanic system awakened after nearly 800 years with a series of earthquakes that opened large cracks in the earth between the town and opened Sýlingarfell. small mountain in the north.

The volcano finally erupted on December 18, sending lava flowing away from Grindavik. A second eruption that began on January 14 sent lava into the town.

Defense walls that had been strengthened since the first eruption stopped some of the flow, but they could not save some of the town’s buildings.

Two cracks formed during the second eruption, with the second appearing right on the edge of town, sending orange lava flowing into the streets and melting three houses to ash.

Due to the volcanic eruptions, Grindavik’s future has been shrouded in uncertainty for the last few months, with residents still unable to return home.

“Lava is currently flowing mostly westward and the flow appears to be slightly less than at the start of the December 18 eruption,” IMO said.

Lava flows from a volcano and burns houses in Grindavik, Iceland, January 14, 2024

Lava flows from a volcano and burns houses in Grindavik, Iceland, January 14, 2024

The remains of houses destroyed by a lava flow are seen after a volcanic eruption on the edge of the town of Grindavik, Iceland, January 17

The remains of houses destroyed by a lava flow are seen after a volcanic eruption on the edge of the town of Grindavik, Iceland, January 17

Construction workers build earthworks to divert the lava flow after a volcanic eruption on the edge of the town of Grindavik, Iceland, January 17

Construction workers build earthworks to divert the lava flow after a volcanic eruption on the edge of the town of Grindavik, Iceland, January 17

Icelandic national broadcaster RUV said the nearby famous Blue Lagoon thermal spa (photo, file photo), one of Iceland's biggest tourist attractions, was closed when the eruption began and guests were evacuated to hotels

Icelandic national broadcaster RUV said the nearby famous Blue Lagoon thermal spa (photo, file photo), one of Iceland’s biggest tourist attractions, was closed when the eruption began and guests were evacuated to hotels

Lava fountains reached about 50 to 80 meters high and the volcanic plume rose about three kilometers above the fissure, IMO said.

Seismologist Kristin Jonsdottir said the location of the new eruption was ‘fortunate’ as it was north of Grindavik and away from infrastructure, RUV reported.

On Monday, the IMO said that magma accumulation continued under the area.

“Similar processes were observed before the previous dyke intrusions and eruptions north of Grindavik in January 2024 and December 2023,” the agency said, noting that “there is a greater likelihood of a new magmatic dyke intrusion and subsequent volcanic eruption in the coming days weeks.’