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The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) has confirmed that this Sunday morning a brand new volcanic eruption was recorded within the north of the Icelandic city of Grindavik, within the southwest of the nation, on the Reykjanes peninsula. Last December, on this similar area, one other volcanic eruption had already occurred, which got here into stability inside a couple of hours: in that case, lava.

Seismic exercise accelerated sharply final night time and residents of Grindavik had been evacuated round 3 a.m. (native time and GMT), in response to Icelandic public radio and tv. The Civil Protection providers had already warned on their social networks a couple of hours earlier than that, in response to the IMO, as much as 200 earthquakes had occurred within the space throughout the night time and the volcanic eruption was “imminent” and the ejection of lava, “the almost definitely”.

Iceland lies between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates and is one of the most active volcanic regions on Earth, with 33 volcanoes or volcanic systems listed as active. Over the past two years, there have been three volcanic eruptions on the island: in August 2022, July 2023 and last December.

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