A volcano has erupted spectacularly in southwest Iceland – a month after massive cracks opened up close by.
Lava is flowing away from the one city within the space and there are indicators the depth is diminishing, giving hope the affect may very well be minimised. Nevertheless it’s not over but.
Is it protected to go to Iceland?
Travelling to the nation continues to be thought of protected.
The eruption is confined to the Reykjanes peninsula within the southwest, leaving the overwhelming majority of the nation unaffected.
So long as travellers keep away from the quick neighborhood of the eruption, such because the city of Grindavik, the chance is extraordinarily low.
“The eruption doesn’t current a menace to life,” mentioned the Icelandic authorities.
The UK International Workplace says on the gov.uk web site that folks ought to keep away from the affected space, and guests “are suggested to verify for contemporary updates”.
Nevertheless, there may very well be some air pollution blowing over the capital Reykjavik, about 18miles away, within the coming hours – so it is value checking the newest state of affairs if you are going to town within the subsequent few days.
“In response to the climate forecast, fuel air pollution may very well be observed within the capital space late tonight or within the morning,” mentioned the nation’s meteorological workplace on Tuesday.
“New work is being executed on a hazard evaluation card and it will likely be issued later as we speak.”
Are flights disrupted?
Earlier eruptions at a distinct volcano in Iceland, Eyjafjallajokull, triggered large disruption to European air journey in 2010.
Ash air pollution drifted throughout the continent and 1000’s of flights have been grounded for days.
However consultants say the present eruption is of a distinct kind, and there are not any reviews of issues up to now.
“The sort of eruption would not typically produce a lot ash, which is what tends to floor planes,” mentioned Matthew Watson, professor of volcanoes and local weather on the College of Bristol.
The Icelandic authorities mentioned on Tuesday there have been no flights disrupted to or from the island and “worldwide flight corridors stay open”.
Nationwide airline Icelandair – which flies to the UK – mentioned its operations weren’t affected and that the primary worldwide airport, Keflavik, was additionally working as regular.
“We’re monitoring the state of affairs intently and can inform our passengers of any new developments,” it mentioned.
It pointed on the market are at the moment 40 volcanoes erupting around the globe with out considerably affecting air visitors.
Isavia, the agency that runs the island’s airports, struck an analogous tone and mentioned Keflavik and Reykjavik airports have been each unaffected.
Nevertheless, it advisable passengers verify their flight schedule on the airports’ web site earlier than flying, simply in case.
How many individuals have been evacuated?
The one city close to the eruption is the fishing city of Grindavik and its roughly 4,000 residents have been evacuated final month when massive cracks opened up.
One in all Iceland’s hottest sights, the Blue Lagoon thermal spa, can also be close by and has been closed for weeks.
It was predicted that an eruption was possible at any time, however it’s taken a month for it to occur – with lava and smoke lastly spewing out, as much as 100m within the air, on Monday evening.
Officers say it is unclear how lengthy it is going to all go on for.
“It might probably go on for a number of months, it might additionally simply cease later as we speak or tomorrow,” mentioned Halldor Geirson, affiliate professor on the institute of earth sciences on the College of Iceland.