Watch: Spectacular drone footage showing the eruption of a long dormant Icelandic volcano

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Watch: Spectacular drone footage showing the eruption of a long dormant Icelandic volcano



A volcano that erupted in southwest Iceland on Friday was captured spewing hot red lava by a drone.

The long sleeper volcan. near Iceland the capital Reykjavík, erupted for the first time in centuries following a series of small earthquakes in the region.

Lava was seen flowing down the volcano in two streams, causing a red glow that could be seen from 20 miles away.

Spectacular drone footage of Bjorn Steinbekk follows the flow of the volcano to its crater which spits lava.

Volcanologists were surprised by the eruption – the first in the region in nearly 800 years – as the almost daily earthquakes that had been occurring for the past three weeks had subsided.



In the past three weeks, the region has been rocked by about 50,000 small earthquakes, including dozens of magnitude 4 or more, the Met Office said.

The volcano is unlikely to cause the widespread disturbance caused by the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010 that created an ash cloud so large that flights to Europe and North America were stranded, leaving millions of passengers stranded.

According to local media, the lava flow is decreasing.“The more we see, the smaller this eruption,” said geophysicist Pall Einarsson.

The Icelandic Met Office added: “There is no indication of ash and tephra production, and there is no imminent danger to aviation. ”

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