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Volcanic eruption in Iceland – Ministry of Foreign Affairs warns Swedish travelers

Lava seeps through a fissure about 100 meters long in the volcanic region of Geldadalur in Fagradalsfjäll, which lies two miles outside the capital, Reykjavik.

Over the past few days, more than 5,000 people have made their way to eruption stations near Gildadalur volcano for a chance to witness the first eruption since last September.

UD warning of rocks

More than ten thousand earthquakes were recently recorded in Iceland in the past few days. The strongest attack occurred on Sunday evening, with a magnitude of 5.4 on the Richter scale.

Through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel guide, the Swedish Embassy in Iceland writes that travelers on the Reykjanes Peninsula should use caution on steep cliffs, near steep sea cliffs and avoid areas where rocks can collapse.

Air Traffic 2010

In April 2010, a volcanic eruption occurred in the Eyjafjallajökull glacier, which paralyzed air traffic in northern Europe. The reason was that the ash from the volcano was spread so widely that large clouds of ash were formed that were not safe to fly through.

According to the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO), Iceland’s counterpart to SMHI, there are no indications of such a thing happening in the affected area now.

– The last volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Gildadaler in 2021 caused no air traffic problems either here or anywhere else, says Einar Horlevsson of the IMO.

Learn more about the recent earthquakes in Iceland:

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Watch as the CCTV captures how the earthquake rocked the Icelandic department store. picture: EBU
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