WATCH: Volcanic Eruption in Iceland Continues to Spew Magma


REYKJANES PENINSULA, ICELAND — A volcano erupted in Iceland on Monday, December 18. After weeks of seismic activity, the volcano erupted, spewing molten rock and gases into the sky. The eruptions were large enough that a nearby town had to be evacuated. On Tuesday, the eruption diminished noticeably but still continued to spew molten rock and gas into the surrounding area.

Check out a live stream of the eruption below:

Magma fountains still persist, but much lower than at the eruption’s peak. The Icelandic Meteorological Office gave an update on the eruption in a statement on Tuesday.

“The size of the volcanic eruption at Sundhnúksgígar continues to diminish. The lava flow is estimated to be about one-quarter of what it was at the beginning of the eruption on 18 December, and a third of the original fissure is active,” the IMO said. “The lava fountains are also lower than at the start of the eruption, reaching about 30 meters at their highest. These figures are based on visual estimates from a reconnaissance flight early on 19 December.

Here is what the original eruption looked like:

The office reported that the eruption was located close to Hagafell, about 2 miles north of the town of Grindavík. Now, pollution from the gas may be a problem for the residents for the foreseeable future around the eruption.

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