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Volcano erupts in Iceland, prompts Blue Lagoon evacuation

WATCH: A volcano in southwestern Iceland erupted again on Wednesday, spewing red-hot fountains of lava 50 metres into the air, triggering the evacuation of the popular Blue Lagoon geothermal spa and the town of Grindavik.

A volcano in southwestern Iceland erupted Wednesday, spewing red streams of lava in the latest display of nature’s power, triggering the evacuation of the popular Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.

The eruption began in the early afternoon following a series of earthquakes north of Grindavik, a coastal town of 3,800 people that was also evacuated.

The Met Office said lava was shooting about 50 meters (165 feet) into the sky from a fissure about 1 kilometer (1,100 yards) long.

Smoke billows from a volcano in Grindavik, Iceland, Wednesday, May 29, 2024. Wednesday, May 29, 2024. A volcano in southwestern Iceland is erupting, spewing red streams of lava in its latest display of nature’s power. A series of earthquakes before the eruption Wednesday triggered the evacuation of the popular Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. The eruption began in the early afternoon north of Grindavik, a coastal town of 3,800 people that was also evacuated. (Birn Oddsson/Iceland Civil Defense via AP).
A volcano erupts in Grindavik, Iceland, Wednesday, May 29, 2024. Wednesday, May 29, 2024. A volcano in southwestern Iceland is erupting, spewing red streams of lava in its latest display of nature’s power. A series of earthquakes before the eruption Wednesday triggered the evacuation of the popular Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. The eruption began in the early afternoon north of Grindavik, a coastal town of 3,800 people that was also evacuated. (Birn Oddsson/Iceland Civil Defense via AP).
A volcano erupts in Grindavik, Iceland, Wednesday, May 29, 2024. Wednesday, May 29, 2024. A volcano in southwestern Iceland is erupting, spewing red streams of lava in its latest display of nature’s power. A series of earthquakes before the eruption Wednesday triggered the evacuation of the popular Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. The eruption began in the early afternoon north of Grindavik, a coastal town of 3,800 people that was also evacuated. Birn Oddsson/Iceland Civil Defense via AP
A volcano erupts in Grindavik, Iceland, Wednesday, May 29, 204. Wednesday, May 29, 2024. A volcano in southwestern Iceland is erupting, spewing red streams of lava in its latest display of nature’s power. A series of earthquakes before the eruption Wednesday triggered the evacuation of the popular Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. The eruption began in the early afternoon north of Grindavik, a coastal town of 3,800 people that was also evacuated. (Birn Oddsson/Iceland Civil Defense via AP).

The Blue Lagoon thermal spa was evacuated before the eruption began, national broadcaster RUV said.

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Iceland, which sits above a volcanic hot spot in the North Atlantic, sees regular eruptions and is highly experienced at dealing with them. The 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.

The latest eruptions signal a reawakening of the Svartsengi volcanic system after almost 800 years of quiet. It’s unclear when the period of activity will end or what it means for the Reykjanes Peninsula, one of the most densely populated parts of Iceland.

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