8.1 C
New York

Iceland volcano: Enormous lava flow engulfs road after another eruption – as work crew wait until last minute to leave | World News

Published:

An enormous fiery flow of lava is engulfing a road in Iceland, after the third volcanic eruption in the same area in recent months.

Iceland’s Meteorological Office says the Sylingarfell volcano, near Grindavik, is erupting again.

The spread of the hot smoking flow was captured in extraordinary live footage from the scene.

At one point on Thursday morning, a work crew in what appeared to be a digger moved along a road towards the mass of lava as it edged towards them.

Footage also showed a car on the road in the path of the lava.

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Watch live as lava spreads from the latest volcanic eruption in Iceland

Both vehicles eventually turned and moved away, leaving it almost until the last minute to leave as thick black smoke rose above the flow.

The Blue Lagoon spa, one of the island nation’s biggest tourist attractions, has once again been evacuated because of the volcanic danger.

The latest eruption began at about 6am UK time along a nearly two-mile fissure northeast of Mount Sundhnukur, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office.

A digger close to a lava flow from a volcanic eruption in Iceland
Image:
A digger close to a lava flow from a volcanic eruption in Iceland

Aerial view of the volcano erupting, north of Grindavík, Iceland
Pic:AP
Image:
Aerial view of the volcano erupting, north of Grindavík, Iceland. Pic: AP

Grindavik, a coastal town of 3,800 people, was evacuated before a previous eruption on 18 December last year. The town is only a couple of miles away from the new eruption.

The Icelandic Met Office said lava was flowing to the west and there was no immediate threat to Grindavik or to a major power plant in the area.

Civil Defence officials said no one was believed to be in the town at the time of the eruption, Icelandic national broadcaster RUV reported.

A volcano spews lava and smoke as it erupts on Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland.
Pic: Iceland Civil Protection/ Reuters
A volcano spews lava and smoke as it erupts, near Grindavik, on Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland. Pic: Iceland Civil Protection/Reuters
Image:
A volcano spews lava and smoke as it erupts on Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland. Pics: Iceland Civil Protection/Reuters


Earlier this week Iceland’s Met Office had warned of a possible eruption after monitoring a build-up of subsurface magma for the past three weeks.

The amount of accumulated magma or semi-molten rock was similar to the amount released during an eruption in January.

Hundreds of small earthquakes had been measured in the area since last Friday, followed by a burst of intense seismic activity about half an hour before the latest eruption began.

It was the third eruption since December of the volcanic system on the Rekyjanes Peninsula, which is home to Keflavik, Iceland’s main airport, though there was no disruption reported at the airport.

The last eruption in the area on 14 January lasted roughly two days, with lava flows reaching the outskirts of Grindavik, whose nearly 4,000 residents had been evacuated, setting some houses alight.

Iceland sits above a volcanic hot spot in the North Atlantic and averages one eruption every four to five years.

This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly.

Please refresh the page for the fullest version.

You can receive Breaking News alerts on a smartphone or tablet via the Sky News App. You can also follow @SkyNews on X or subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep up with the latest news.

Related articles

Recent articles

spot_img