A volcano erupted in Iceland on Monday evening, creating a miles-long fissure spewing lava and smoke.
The national police of Iceland shared aerial footage on Facebook showing the volcanic eruption in Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula.
In the video, fountains and plumes of smoke can be seen rising from the fissure. As lava spread across the terrain, the eruption illuminated the landscape and sky.
The fissure is estimated to be four kilometers long — or around 2. 5 miles, according to Iceland’s meteorological office. The southern edge of the fissure is less than two miles from the nearby town of Grindavik.
The town’s over 3,000 inhabitants were evacuated in November, after a series of earthquakes left large cracks in the ground and gaping holes pushing out steam.
According to the met office, hundreds of cubic meters of lava were estimated to be flowing out of the eruption during the first two hours.
The glow of the eruption could be seen all the way from Iceland’s capital of Reykjavik — which is around 25 miles away from Grindavik — according to the Reykjavik Grapevine, a local news outlet.
The eruption was captured by Iceland’s webcam , who livestreamed the event to thousands of viewers.
Snapshots over the first 50 minutes of the Iceland eruption from the public webcam. Link below: (NOTE: the camera view zooms out towards the end as the length of the fissure and number of vents grows ). https://t.co/yTMyviIccw pic.twitter.com/pX5hRDwIwm
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Before the eruption, volcano experts said in November that it was unlikely to match the destructiveness of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull eruption in 2010, which disrupted air travel in Western Europe for weeks.
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