After a series of earthquakes in Iceland, the long-dormant Fagradalsfjall volcano erupted on Friday evening. The volcano is located almost 40 kilometers outside of Reykjavík, the nearest city and the country’s capital, and has not threatened any lives or damaged infrastructure.
“Currently, gas contamination is not predicted to cause much inconvenience to people except near the source of the eruption,” he tweeted the Icelandic Meteorological Office this morning. “Gas emissions will be monitored closely”
Images of the eruption immediately flooded social networks while Icelandic residents watched the lava and ash from the volcano ignite the sky.
The country’s justice minister, Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir, made a trip to the volcano when the eruption began to monitor the situation. Sigurbjörnsdóttir posted photos and a live video from the helicopter showing the lava emanating from the eruption.
Local magazine Ruv has it too a living food of the volcano.
Reykjavík residents have posted surreal photos of a red light in the sky showing Fagradalsfjall erupting.
The eruption also caused a rush of visitors seeking to witness the event.
Among them was Icelandic singer Björk, who said on Instagram that the volcano, where she once filmed a music video, was 30 minutes from home.
“YES !!, eruption !! we in Iceland are so excited !!! we always had it !!! sense of relief when nature expresses itself !!!” has posted.
The Icelandic Coast Guard has also been keeping a close eye on the situation, publication photos, videos, and updates from the scene.
On Saturday morning, an employee met a dog who joined the sightseeing tour.
One person posted a video made during what he said was the first commercial flight to the eruption site. “This is the most magical thing I’ve ever experienced in my life. I literally cried !!” he said on Instagram.
The flights to Fagradalsfjall seemed busy, with people taking 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 at Fagradalsfjall.”
According to the Meteorological Office, “The eruption is small and volcanic activity has slightly decreased since last night.”
“Lava fountains are small and lava flows are currently a very local danger,” officials tweeted.