Have You Seen This? Volcanic eruption in Iceland causes lava to shoot into the sky

A volcano in southwestern Iceland has been erupting since Wednesday, threatening the coastal town of Grindavik and causing the evacuation of the popular Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.

A volcano in southwestern Iceland has been erupting since Wednesday, threatening the coastal town of Grindavik and causing the evacuation of the popular Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. (Marco Di Marco, Associated Press via YouTube)


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GRINDAVIK, Iceland — A volcano in southwestern Iceland has been erupting since Wednesday, threatening the coastal town of Grindavik and causing the evacuation of the popular Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.

The latest eruption marks the fifth time the volcano has erupted since December, according to the Associated Press.

The eruption began after a series of earthquakes north of Grindavik. At one point, lava shot 165 feet into the sky from a fissure that grew to 2.1 miles in length, the Icelandic Meteorological Office said.

Grindavik's previously constructed barriers deflected the flowing lava that cut off two of the three roads leading to town and was close to reaching the third.

"It's a much larger volume that's on the move right now headed for town," Grindavik Mayor Fannar Jónasson told Icelandic national broadcaster RUV. "The lava has already conquered (a lot)."

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