Fagradalsfjall Volcano in Iceland Erupts Amid Series of Earthquakes

Lava flows and smoke rises from the activity from the Fagradalsfjall volcano southwest of the capital of Reykjavik, Iceland, Aug. 3, 2022. (Ernir Snaer/AP)

An Icelandic volcano has come back to life after a series of nearby earthquakes rumbled it awake, the Icelandic Met Office reported Wednesday.

On Wednesday morning a 4.6 earthquake was recorded on the eastern side of the Fagradalsfjall volcano, prompting further concerns of volcanic action. An hour later, it began erupting.

According to IMO, a volcanic fissure eruption about 100 to 200 meters long left new magma over a field of lava established by eruptions in the area last year.

The IMO has urged people not to go near the volcano, which is about 20 miles south of the country’s capital, Reykjavik, and its nearby Keflavík Airport. According to its statement, the volcanic gas in the area can be hazardous.

However, the IMO said that it does not believe the eruption will cancel any flights or move into the city.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Kyla Guilfoil