Iceland volcano erupts with lava, cuts heat and hot water supplies
February 09, 2024 / 9:28 AM
Sharjah24 - WAM: A volcano in southwestern Iceland erupted Thursday for the third time since December, sending jets of lava into the sky, triggering the evacuation of the popular Blue Lagoon geothermal spa and cutting heat and hot water to thousands of people.
According to the Associated Press (AP), the eruption began at about 0600 GMT (1 am EST) along a three-kilometre (nearly two-mile) fissure northeast of Mount Sýlingarfell, the Icelandic Meteorological Office said.
Several communities on the Reykjanes Peninsula were cut off from heat and hot water after a river of lava engulfed a supply pipeline.
The strength of the eruption had decreased by mid-afternoon, the Met Office said, though lava continued to spew from parts of the fissure and a huge plume of steam rose over a section of the crack where magma mixed with groundwater.
The eruption site is about 4 kilometres (2½ miles) northeast of Grindavik, a coastal town of 3,800 people that was evacuated before a previous eruption on 18th December. The Meteorological Office said there was no immediate threat to the town on Thursday.
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