Fagradalsfjall volcano wakes up in Iceland for the first time in 6 thousand years

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On the Icelandic Peninsula Reykjanes, an eruption of the Fagradalsfjal volcano began, which has not been active for 6 thousand years, writes Associated Press on Saturday, February 20.

The volcanic eruption was filmed from a helicopter and posted on the Icelandic Meteorological Bureau’s Facebook page. The footage shows how smoke comes from the crater of the volcano, and lava flows down the slope in different directions.

However, the authorities see no reason to evacuate local residents, as the mountain is at a safe distance from major highways and settlements.

The awakened volcano has not shown activity for 6 thousand years, this is the first eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula in 781 years.

On March 15, the Emergencies Ministry announced the danger of a glacier collapse during the eruption of Klyuchevskoy volcano. According to rescuers, lava is moving along the glacier and goes under its thickness, which can provoke its collapse. In this regard, the presence of people near an erupting volcano poses a danger to their lives.