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Volcano Erupts in Iceland: Rivers of Lava Create Extraordinary Landscapes

A volcano erupted in Iceland on 19 March some 40 km from the capital Reykjavik, the Icelandic Meteorological Office said, as a red cloud lit up the night sky and a no-fly zone was established in the area.

A volcano erupted on Fagradalsfjall Mountain in Iceland on 19 March prompting the authorities to issue a flight warning above the area and close the main road connecting the capital region with Keflavik Airport.

The volcanic activity has since subsided and there are no signs another eruption will occur. This is the first time a volcano has erupted on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula in 800 years.

Iceland has more than 30 volcanoes, both extinct and active. The 1784 eruption of Laki Volcano caused a famine that wiped out about a quarter of Iceland’s population, while in 2010 the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull resulted in major air traffic disruption across Europe.

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