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Volcanic eruption in Iceland: stunning images from the Reykjanes Peninsula

This Thursday, February 8, a new volcanic eruption is underway in Iceland on the Reykjanes Peninsula, the third since December .

This is the third time since December 18 that the Reykjanes peninsula, southwest of the island, has Here the island is hit by a volcanic eruption. The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) has indicated this Thursday that'à “6:30 a.m. [Paris time] this morning, a small earthquake started. &agrav; intensifying northeast of Sylingarfell. About thirty minutes later, an eruption began. in the same area. The current eruption is taking place in a fissure approximately 3 kilometers long. as specified in IMO.

In total, Iceland has recorded six volcanic eruptions in two years. The latest took place on January 14 near the small town of Grindavik which has 4,000 inhabitants.  The island has a total of thirty-two volcanoes or active volcanic sites, making it the most volcanic region in Europe.

To Le Monde, the Icelandic President, Gudni Johanesson, announced that the Reykjanes region had no longer experienced a such activity volcanic for 800 years. Face à This renewed activity, the country is forced to rethink its infrastructure. For example & Grindavik, while the city wasé Evacuated on November 11 in anticipation of a new eruption, dikes are being built around a power plant electrical to protect it in the event of new activity. volcanic. As Vidir Reynisson, responsible for civil protection, explains to Le Monde, the aim of these constructions is to divert the lava.

The lava jets are visible even from the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik, located further north. The images show that the lava is'& It extends to the road closest to the volcanic site, causing the tar to melt. The IMO also addedé that "The lava jets reach a height of approximately 50-80 m and the plume rises to a height of around 50-80 m. a height of approximately 3 km. The institute has specified that the lava flow seems less dense than during the eruption of December 18.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116