After a series of earthquakes in Iceland, the long dormant volcano Fagradalsfjall erupted on Friday night. The volcano is located almost 40 miles outside of Reykjavík, the nearest city and capital of the country, and does not threaten any damaged life or infrastructure.
“Right now, air pollution is not expected to cause much discomfort for residents except getting close to the source of the eruption,” tweeted Icelandic Meteorological Office this morning. “Air emissions will be closely monitored.”
Images of the eruption immediately flooded social media as the people of Iceland saw lava and volcanic ash lit up the sky.
The country’s Justice Minister, Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir, took a trip to the volcano when the eruption began to monitor the situation. Sigurbjörnsdóttir posted a photo and a live video From the helicopter showed lava oozing down from the eruption.
The local news agency Ruv also has a live feed of volcanoes.
Residents of Reykjavík posted surreal images of the blazing red light in the sky showing Fagradalsfjall erupting.
The eruption also caused a large number of visitors to try to witness the event.
Among them was Icelandic singer Björk, who said on Instagram that the volcano, where she used to film music videos, is 30 minutes away from her home.
“YESSS !!, eruption !! We’re so excited in Iceland !!! we still get it !!! Feeling of relief when nature shows us !!!” she posted.
The Icelandic coast guard also closely watched the situation, post photos, videos and updates from the scene.
On Saturday morning, a staff member met with a dog to join the tour.
One person posted a video captured on her first commercial flight that she said was the first commercial flight to the site of the eruption. “This is the greatest miracle I’ve ever experienced in my life. I literally cried !!” she said on Instagram.
Flights to Fagradalsfjall seem busy, with people joining the volcano in its full glory just as the sun rises.
One person posted a beautifully illuminated photo of the sky, saying: “What you see here is not a sunset but a volcanic eruption in Fagradalsfjall.”
Based on meteorological office, “Small eruptions and volcanic activity have somewhat diminished since evening yesterday evening.”
“Small lava fountains and lava flows are now very localized danger,” the officials tweeted.