Reykjavik, Iceland (Associated Press)-On Monday, new cracks in the Icelandic volcano erupted, steam and lava spewed out, prompting hundreds of hikers to watch the spectacular sight.
The new fissure was first discovered by a sightseeing helicopter. It is about 500 meters (550 yards) long and about one kilometer (about half a mile) from the original eruption point of the Gerdinga Valley.
The Icelandic Emergency Management Department announced an immediate withdrawal from the area. It said that because the site is close to popular hiking trails, there is no imminent danger to life.
The Icelandic Meteorological Agency stated that the new volcanic activity is not expected to affect traffic at the nearby Keflavik Airport.
The dormant volcano on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland erupted on March 20 after the area had recorded tens of thousands of earthquakes in the past three weeks. This is the first volcanic eruption in the area in nearly 800 years.
The volcano is close to the capital of Iceland, Reykjavík (Reykjavík), about 32 kilometers (20 miles) apart, bringing a steady flow of tourists to the area, even though the country is partially locked in to fight the coronavirus. According to the Icelandic Tourism Board, about 30,000 people have visited the area since the eruption of the volcano.
Live video from the area showed a small amount of lava spewed from the new fissure.
Geophysicist Magnus Gudmundsson (Magnus Gudmundsson) said that the eruption may move north from its original location.
He told the Associated Press: “We are now seeing less lava from the two primitive craters.”
Iceland is located above the volcanic hotspots in the North Atlantic, with volcanoes erupting on average every four to five years. The last time was Holuhraun in 2014, when a fissure eruption spread lava the size of Manhattan in the inner highlands.
In 2010, ash from the volcanic ash of Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland interrupted many international air travel for several days.