A new fissure opened and eruption started on the Reykjanes peninsula by the mountain Stóra-Skógfell, Thursday 8th of February at 6:02 am. Update 11th of February: The eruption is now inactive. Gas pollution is still possible near the lava.
Geologist who have been monitoring the area did expect this eruption, and sent out warning 30 minutes before it started.
Iceland's international airport in Keflavík (KEF) is functioning normally. All flights are currently operating on schedule.
Volcanic eruptions tend to limited their impact to specific, localized areas near the eruption site. Notably, previous eruptions in the area did not impact air travel to and from the country.
The Icelandic Meteorological Office, the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, and a team of scientists from the University of Iceland diligently monitor the situation and analyze developments.
Iceland having encountered five recent eruptions nearby on the Reykjanes Peninsula in 2021, 2022, 2023 and one in Janary 2024. Icelandic authorities and the public have prepared well for such events, as the country boasts some of the world's most advanced volcanic preparedness protocols. Iceland's geoscientists have extensively experience in managing volcanic activity.
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