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Iceland volcano erupts on Reykjanes peninsula



A volcano has erupted on the Reykjanes peninsula of south-west Iceland after weeks of intense earthquake activity.


About 4,000 people were earlier evacuated from the fishing town of Grindavik and the nearby Blue Lagoon geothermal spa was closed.


The eruption started north of the town at 22:17 local time (22:17 GMT), the Icelandic Met Office said.

It will not bring the same level of disruption as one in 2010, which halted European air travel, an expert said.


The region around the capital Reykjavik has been experiencing an increase in earthquake activity since late October.


The Met Office said that the eruption was located about 4km (2.5 miles) north-east of Grindavik and the seismic activity was moving towards the town.

Images and videos posted on social media showed lava bursting from the volcano just an hour after an earthquake swarm, a series of seismic events, was detected.


The eruption can be seen from Reykjavik, which is about 42km north-east of Grindavik.


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