It appears that the volcano that erupted Friday evening in Iceland, near the capital Reykjavik, is on its way to receding, according to scientists.
The lava erupted at Mount Fajrad, the flood, through a crack in the earth’s crust hundreds of meters long, and a series of small fountains turned the night sky red.
Iceland residents prepared for the eruption of the volcano several weeks ago, after the island recently recorded more than 50 thousand earthquakes.
Meteorologists said the eruption posed no danger to anyone.
And this volcano did not erupt for about 800 years, and another volcano had erupted in 2010, and led to the suspension of air traffic throughout Europe.
But the volcano that erupted on Friday in Fajrad Svial did not scatter much ash. Therefore, major disturbance is not expected.
Pollution caused by gases was the biggest threat, and the authorities asked neighboring residents to keep windows closed.
However, the Iceland Meteorological Office suggested in a report issued by it that the pollution had no effect on the health of the region’s residents.
The French News Agency quoted officials as saying that the area of the blast was open to people, but that it could only be reached through a difficult climb for several hours from the nearest road.
There is a potential risk of the emission of sulfur dioxide, but the International Maritime Organization confirms that at the present time the gas pollution is not expected to cause much discomfort to people except for the area near the source of the explosion, and it will closely monitor the gas emissions.
What happened on Friday evening?
The weather office said the volcano erupted at around 4:45 pm on Friday. This was later confirmed by website cameras and satellite imagery.
A Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched to survey the area, about 30 km from the capital.
Then the first pictures arrived of lava creeping down its way after the eruption.
An eyewitness, who lives eight kilometers from the place where the volcano erupted, said he could see the red sky glow from his window.
A 3.1-magnitude earthquake was detected at a distance of 1.2 km from Vajradalsviel several hours before the volcanos eruption.
Iceland often experiences earthquakes due to its location on two tectonic plates, which are drifting in opposite directions.