Iceland volcano erupts – level 3

22-12-2023 15:00

A volcanic eruption rattled southwest Iceland, releasing lava and smoke following weeks of intense seismic activity.

The eruption posed a threat to the town of Grindavik, leading authorities to evacuate nearly 4,000 residents last month and shut down the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. The Meteorological Office issued warnings as the eruption started just kilometers from Grindavik, with a rapidly growing 3.5-kilometer crack in the earth’s surface. Keflavik International Airport experienced delays despite remaining open.

The eruption is a result of the movement between tectonic plates in the Reykjanes peninsula and it’s generating significant lava flow and seismic activity, prompting heightened alert levels and public warnings to stay away.

Difficult words: rattle (to cause to shake), geothermal (relating to or produced by the internal heat of the earth), seismic (relating to or caused by earthquakes).

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