Iceland’s Fagradalsfjall Volcano Eruption Photos

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After a series of earthquakes in Iceland, the volcanic volcano Fagradalsfjall erupted on Friday night. The volcano is located about 40 miles outside of Reykjavik, the nearest town and capital of the country, and did not threaten damage to lives or infrastructure.

“At the moment, gas pollution is not expected to cause much inconvenience to people, other than the source of the explosion,” the Icelandic Meteorological Agency said on Twitter this morning. “Gas emissions will be closely monitored.”

F The Fagradalsfjall volcano, which has just begun to erupt, is located on the Reikian Peninsula in southwestern Iceland. Before the eruption, a swarm of earthquakes started, as we noticed several days ago. https://t.co/5x8FBokq7V https://t.co/t4EWTnjPHB

10:34 PM – 19 Mar 2021


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Images of the eruption immediately flooded social media as Icelanders saw lava and ash from the volcano rising into the sky.

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The country’s Minister of Justice, .slaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir, made a trip to the volcano as the eruption began to monitor the situation. Sigurbjörnsdóttir posted photos and a live video of the helicopter showing lava overflowing from the blast.

Photo I took tonight over the volcanic eruption in Reykjav .n, Iceland.  We are monitoring the situation closely and from now on it is not considered a threat to the surrounding cities.  🌋🇮🇸 # Iceland

Photo I took tonight over the volcanic eruption in Reykjav .n, Iceland. We are monitoring the situation closely and from now on it is not considered a threat to the surrounding cities. 🌋🇮🇸 # Iceland

02:42 AM – 20 Mar 2021


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The local news store Ruv also has a live stream of the volcano.

Reykjavik residents posted surreal photos of a red glow in the sky showing Fagradalsfjall bursting.

The blast also sparked a flurry of visitors trying to attend the event.

Among them was Icelandic singer Björk who told Instagram that the volcano, where she once recorded a music video, was 30 minutes from her home.

“YES !!, explosion !! we in Iceland are so excited !!! we still have it !!! a sense of relief when nature is expressed !!!” published.

The Icelandic Coast Guard is also closely monitoring the situation, posting photos, videos and updates from the scene.

On Saturday morning, an employee met a dog that entered the sights.

Local photographers also rushed to the scene, sharing incredible photos.

One person posted a video of what he said was the first commercial flight to the site of the explosion. “This is the most magical thing I have ever experienced in my life. I literally cried !!” he said on Instagram.

Flights to Fagradalsfjall seemed busy as people took over the volcano in all its glory as soon as the sun rose.

One person posted a photo of a beautifully lit sky, saying: “What you see here is not a sunset but a volcanic eruption in Fagradalsfjall.”

According to the country’s Meteorological Office, “The eruption is small and the volcanic activity has decreased somewhat since last night.”

“Lava sources are small and lava flows are currently a very local hazard,” officials said.

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