A map of the Iceland volcano shows the extent of the eruption after thousands of people evacuated

A map of the Iceland volcano shows the extent of the eruption after thousands of people evacuated

Map shows Iceland volcano erupting on Reykjanes Peninsula with thousands evacuated (Image: Metro.co.uk)

Iceland’s Fagradalsfjall volcano has finally erupted after weeks of earthquakes in the area, sending molten lava hundreds of feet into the air.

The four-kilometre fissure erupted just 1.6 miles from the fishing village of Grindavik, whose 3,000 residents were evacuated from the area last month.

Sundhnúkagígar is a well-known volcanic area located east of the popular tourist area Blue Lagoon, which is located north of Grindavík.

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The eruption began on the Reykjanes Peninsula around 21:00 Monday evening, in the area between the Selinjarville and Helgaville mountains.

The Svartsingi power plant is also located near the fissure, which is estimated to be more than 4 km long along the row of Sundhnokajijar crater.

Iceland’s main airport, Keflavik, located near the capital, Reykjavik, remains open.

The Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland has finally erupted after weeks of earthquakes in the area (Image: Reuters)

The FCO’s travel advice remains unchanged and still includes the same information as it did in November.

“Although there is no current eruption, it is increasingly likely that one will occur,” the department says.

Meanwhile, Icelandic officials said the eruption was “not a tourist volcano” and warned visitors to stay away from the area.

“The eruption is happening north of the watershed, so the lava is not flowing towards Grindavik,” geophysicist Björn Odsson told Iceland’s public broadcaster RUV.

We hope that it does not extend to the south. He added that the lava goes primarily to Fagradalsfjall.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office put out an orange aviation alert for the island of Reykjanes, warning pilots that although a volcanic eruption is occurring, there is little, if any, ash emission grounding flying.

Professor Matthew Watson, professor of volcanism and climate at the University of California, said: “It is unlikely, but not impossible, that there will be some impact on air travel, although this type of eruption does not generally produce as much ash as it does. Airplane landing. The University of Bristol told Metro.co.uk.

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