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Photos capture Iceland’s powerful volcanic eruption

Icelandic volcano erupts after weeks of preparation


Icelandic volcano erupts after weeks of preparation

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After weeks of warning signs, including thousands of earthquakes, a volcano on the Reykjanes peninsula in southern Iceland. began to erupt spectacularly Monday evening.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office said the eruption opened a fissure about 2.5 miles long and created lava fountains up to 98 feet high.

Last month, the 3,400 residents of the fishing village of Grindavík, the town closest to the volcano, were evacuated in anticipation of the imminent eruption.

The weather bureau noted Tuesday that the southernmost point of the erupting volcano was about 3 km from the city and that the volcano’s intensity was weakening. The lava also appeared to be moving away from Grindavík.

Here are some of the extraordinary images from the eruption:

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The evacuated Icelandic town of Grindavik is seen as smoke billows and lava is thrown into the air from a fissure during a volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula on December 19, 2023.

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Volcano erupts on Iceland's Reykjanes Peninsula
People admire the volcano on the Reykjanes Peninsula on December 19, 2023, in Grindavik, Iceland.

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Volcano erupts on Iceland's Reykjanes Peninsula
A view of lava after the volcanic eruption northeast of Grindavik, Iceland, December 19, 2023.

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Volcano erupts on Iceland's Reykjanes Peninsula
Volcanologists from the University of Iceland observe the eruption on December 19, 2023.

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This image taken from video provided by the Icelandic Coast Guard shows its helicopter flying near flowing magma on a hill north of Grindavik on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula late December 18 or early December 19, 2023 .

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An aerial view of the eruption south of Grindavik, on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula, on December 19, 2023.

Marco Di Marco / AP


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An aerial view of volcanic activity near Grindavik, on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula. December 19, 2023.

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Volcano erupts near Grindavik
December 18, 2023, north of Grindavik, Iceland.

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The volcanic eruption seen from the village of Hafnarfjordur, Iceland, December 18, 2023.

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An aerial view of lava spewing from the volcanic eruption site north of Grindavik
A drone photo shows lava spewing from the site of the volcanic eruption north of Grindavik, photographed from Sylingarfell, Iceland, December 19, 2023.

Sigurdur Mar Davidsson / REUTERS


Volcano erupts on Reykjanes Peninsula
Smoke rises during the eruption of a volcano along Route 41 in Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland, December 19, 2023.

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