On March 19, 2021 a volcanic eruption occurred near Mount Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland. This eruption followed a period of increased seismic activity reported for several weeks prior to the event. The Icelandic Meteorological Office and the Icelandic Civil Protection Department confirmed the event and the public was quickly notified.
The eruption is thought to be the first of its kind in the area for more than 800 years. Authorities have implemented safety mechanisms such as monitoring the area with powerful cameras and measurements of the gas and energy that are being emitted by the volcano. Currently, no evacuation or travel restrictions have been declared.
Residents living near the eruption are urged to take caution, wear masks when outdoors, and keep their windows shut in order to avoid any airborne particles. Nevertheless, the eruption has been providing spectacular views of the lava flow and ashes. Local authorities are now keeping an eye on the developments of the eruption, in order to prepare for any unforeseen consequences it may have.