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Eruption Begun On Reykjanes Peninsula

By Erik Pomrenke

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Photo: Russell Gill.

An eruption has begun on the Reykjanes peninsula.

According to the Icelandic Meteorological Office, the fissure has opened north of Grindavík, near Hagafell mountain.

The Meteorological Office states that the eruption began at 10:17 pm local time, following an M4.2 earthquake that was recorded around 9:00 pm.

A coast guard helicopter is in the air to confirm the exact location and magnitude of the eruption.

Mayor of Grindavík Speaks Out

Fannar Jónason, mayor of Grindavík, states to Vísir that it could come down to a matter of mere metres, when asked if the eruption would affect Grindavík.

He stated to Vísir that at the moment, he knows just as much as others, but has been in contact with several agencies and parties since the eruption.

“We know very little, but we are trying to figure it out,” he stated to Vísir. He continued: “Like others, I am still trying to get information about the situation, but it seems to be a large eruption in its early phases.”

In his statement to Vísir, he said he could not confirm the exact location of the eruption. “We still don’t know,” he stated. “It’s going to be a long night.”

This is breaking news. Updates will follow.

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