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Icelandic Volcano Dormant For 6,000 Years Blows Near Reykjavik

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A volcano in southwest Iceland dormant for 6,000 years spectacularly erupted not far from the capital of Reykjavik. The eruption, however, was considered relatively small — at this stage — and not a threat currently to neighboring towns.

The eruption of the Fagradals Mountain volcano on Reykjanes Peninsula was captured on a web camera and confirmed by the Icelandic Meteorological Office. Video on its Facebook page showed lava moving at a “slow pace,” according to officials.

The fissure spewing flames, smoke and lava is estimated to be 1,600 feet long. Lava “fountains” were spurting as high at 110 yards. Its glow could be seen in Reykjavik, about 20 miles away.


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