Volcano erupts in Iceland on Reykjanes peninsula; Neighbourhood towns evacuated

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A volcano has erupted on the Reykjanes peninsula of south-west Iceland after weeks of intense earthquake activity.

About 4,000 people were earlier evacuated from the fishing town of Grindavik and a nearby Blue Lagoon geothermal spa was also closed.

As per the reports, the eruption started north of the town at 22:17 local time (22:17 GMT), according to the Icelandic Met Office.

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The eruption is not expected to bring the same level of disturbance similar to the one in 2010, which had halted European air travel, an expert said.

The region around the capital Reykjavik has been experiencing an increase in earthquake activity since late October.

As per the data revealed by Met Office, the eruption was located about 4 kilometers north-east of Grindavik and the seismic activity was moving towards the town.

Images and videos making rounds on the internet show the lava erupting from the volcano just an hour after an earthquake swarm, or seismic events, were detected.