For the Fourth Time… Icelandic Volcano Continues to Erupt and Spew Lava

For the fourth time since December, the Icelandic volcano erupted again on Monday, continuing to spew lava and smoke, according to Icelandic authorities.

Authorities in Iceland have indicated that the situation remains safe for infrastructure and a nearby fishing town, according to Reuters.

Volcanic lava has been accumulating underground on the Reykjanes Peninsula near the Icelandic capital Reykjavik since the last volcanic eruption in February, prompting authorities to warn of an imminent eruption.

Authorities issued the warning late on Saturday evening, just 15 minutes before molten lava gushed from a 3-kilometer-long fissure, the same size as the previous eruption and in the same location.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office stated that volcanic eruptive activity has been relatively stable since Sunday evening.

Human barriers have succeeded in diverting the flow of lava away from infrastructure at several locations, including the Svartsengi geothermal power station and Grindavik, a fishing town housing around 4,000 people.

Footage broadcast by the public television channel RÚV showed the flow of volcanic lava a few hundred meters from the town, which was evacuated twice in November and February due to a volcanic eruption.

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