Iceland’s weather authorities reported that a modest volcanic eruption started on Monday afternoon in an unpopulated part of the Reykjanes Peninsula.

It was the third time in the past two years that lava had spilled forth in the region, according to the country’s meteorological service.

At around 16:40 GMT, the magma began to seep through the ground, only a few kilometers from two earlier eruptions that occurred during the preceding two years.

The very first happened on March 19, 2021, in the valley of Geldingadalur which lasted six months, whereas the second took place on August 3, 2022, in the valley of Meradalir and lasted three weeks.

In the location, which is roughly 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Reykjavik, local television footage depicts a significant flow of lava as well as a huge cloud of smoke rising from the earth.

The meteorological office reported that the eruption was occurring in a small depression near Litli Hrutur, which translates to “Little Ram” in Icelandic, and that smoke was erupting from that location in a northwesterly direction.

The Iceland meteorological office (IMO) stated that because the eruption occurred in an uninhabited area, there were no “immediate hazards” to towns or infrastructure; however, it advised people to stay away from the area because “dangerously high quantities of volcanic gases” would be accumulating there.

According to the IMO, some of these gases will be carried north by the wind and may have an impact on a number of locations, including the capital of Iceland.

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