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In Iceland, there was an eruption of a volcano that “slept” for almost 800 years

In Iceland, southwest of the capital Reykjavik, the Fagradalsfjall volcano erupted, last waking up almost 800 years ago.

This is reported by the BBC.

The Icelandic Meteorological Agency reports that the eruption of Fagradalsfjall, which is located about 30 km from Reykjavik, began on Friday at 20: 45 GMT, and was subsequently confirmed by webcams and satellite images.

Only a few hours earlier, a magnitude 3  was recorded 1.2 km from the volcano.

According to preliminary data, the length of the volcanic crack is 500-700 meters.

At this stage, the eruption is considered small, the lava flows are insignificant. The lava flows slowly to the southwest and west.

Air pollution from volcanic is also expected. People are asked to close their windows, stay at home, and under no circumstances approach the eruption site. The number of emissions is currently estimated. The weather forecast provides for strong winds and precipitation, which will reduce the impact of possible pollution.

Iceland often faces aftershocks because it is located on two tectonic plates that drift in opposite directions.

As reported, over the past three weeks, more than 50,000 earthquakes have been registered in the country.



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