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Iceland’s Volcano Erupts Once More, Creating a Spectacular Show with Northern Lights


Mar 26, 2024

The eruptions in Iceland continued, with a volcano erupting near the city of Grindavik against the backdrop of the northern lights, creating impressive images. This was the fourth eruption in three months on the Reykjanes Peninsula. The Icelandic Meteorological Service reported that a three-kilometer-long fissure opened between the Stóra-Skógfell and Hagafell mountains following a series of tremors.

Authorities had declared a state of emergency in the south of the country due to the volcanic activity, affecting the Reykjanes Peninsula. The eruption subsided, with three active openings in the eruptive fissure. Seismic activity decreased significantly overnight, with live images showing bright magma flows and smoke from the volcano. Lava was flowing south, with dikes installed to protect Grindavik.

Volcanic activity near Sundhnúkur remained stable, with little to no seismic activity in or around the area. The agency warned of a potential new eruption due to magma accumulation in the ground. Residents of Grindavik had been evacuated and were only able to return home in February. The eruptions raised concerns for the Svartsengi power plant, which supplies electricity and water to the area.

Iceland has 33 active volcanic systems, the largest number in Europe.

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