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Volcano Eruption in Iceland Again, Fourth Time Since December

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The Reykjanes Peninsula experienced its fourth volcano eruption in Iceland in just four months on Saturday, March 16th, 2024.

The volcano spewed smoke and lava into the air, prompting concerns for nearby infrastructure and residents.

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Authorities had warned of an imminent eruption due to accumulating magma underground, but the short warning time of only 15 minutes before the event underscored the unpredictable nature of volcanic activity.

Fortunately, the incident mirrored the previous one in February, volcano erupting with lava flowing from a similar fissure near Reykjavik. This allowed for pre-emptive measures to be effective.

By Monday, lava flow had subsided in one area, and man-made barriers successfully diverted the molten rock away from the Svartsengi geothermal power plant and the fishing town of Grindavik.

Footage showed lava flowing just a few hundred meters from Grindavik, which had previously been evacuated in November and February.

However, local authorities assured the public that the defensive measures were working as intended, protecting the town and critical infrastructure.


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