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Iceland volcano erupts, spewing lava and hitting roads

OSLO - A volcano in south-western Iceland erupted on Feb 8, for the third time since December 2023, pumping lava up to 80m into the air and disrupting life in the Reykjanes peninsula. Fountains of bright-orange molten rock spewed from cracks in the ground and lava crossed a road near the Blue Lagoon - a luxury geothermal spa - which had closed its doors on Feb 8 due to the volcanic outbreak. The lava flow also hit thermal-based water pipes in the region just south of the capital, Reykjavik, disrupting the supply of hot water to more than 20,000 people and leading the Civil Protection Agency to raise its alert level to emergency status. The agency asked households and businesses to conserve electricity. Restoring hot water via an emergency pipeline that was already under construction could take days, it said. Volcanic outbreaks in the Reykjanes peninsula are so-called fissure eruptions, which do not usually cause large explosions or significant dispersal of ash into the stratosphere.


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