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Volcano Eruption Rocks Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula

The Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland experienced a powerful volcanic eruption late Friday night, when the Geldingadalur volcano spewed lava, ash, and smoke for over two hours in a spectacular show of the island nation’s natural power.

The eruption began on March 19th at 8.45pm local time, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office, and sent lava cascading down the volcano’s slopes, forming distinctive rivers of molten rock that lit up the night sky.

The activity is part of the volcanic system in the Reykjanes Peninsula, a remote area located in the south-west of Iceland, about 45 miles from the capital city, Reykjavik. The region has been active since last year when over 120 small earthquakes were recorded, but this is the first full-scale eruption since the early 20th century.

Since then, the eruption has become a tourist attraction with tourists and locals alike flocking to the area to witness the power of nature. However, due to the remote location of the volcano, most people are not able to get close to the eruption and have to remain at a safe distance, watching from afar.

The eruption has also caused disruption to some flights, due to ash clouds from the volcano reaching altitudes that planes fly at, and safety advice was issued for people in the area to wear face masks and avoid any areas where there is falling ash.

The eruption shows the power of the Icelandic nature, and is yet another reminder of the naturally dynamic landscape of the island. As the volcano continues to erupt, it will surely be a sight to behold for locals and visitors alike.

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