Iceland has been dealing with earthquakes in recent weeks, and in the end, the inevitable happened: a volcano erupted in the southwestern portion of the European country. The information comes from the Icelandic Meteorological Office, and as Fox News reveals.
The region had to deal with a swarm of earthquakes a bit more than an hour before the eruption occurred. The volcano, which is located 3km north of Grindavik, erupted at about 10:17 p.m. local time. A number of less than 4,000 people live in that town, which were evacuated.
To be more precise, the eruotion took place at the Reykjanes peninsula. It wasn’t too long until the night sky became orange as a result of the smoke and lava.
The entrance of the road to Grindavik is blocked as a result of the event, while the civil defense of Iceland is now on high alert.
Mayor Fannar Jónasson explained to the Icelandic public broadcaster RUV that over 100 families from Grindavik urgently need housing until at least January.
Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir stated as NBC News quotes:
Naturally, there was a certain impatience among the residents to be allowed to return home, as the evacuation has been going on for a long time.