Sightseers have been flocking to a spectacular volcano eruption in Iceland. Lava has been flowing from Keilir since the mountain first started spewing fire a week ago. But hikers trying for the perfect selfie are being warned not to get too close.
Lava bubbles, spits and pours out of from the crater of this volcano. It began erupting here on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula last Friday – the first time in around 900 years. So perhaps it’s no surprise that thousands of people have been flocking here to witness this rare event, trying to get as close as they dare for that perfect picture.
With hikers getting hungry, some have used the lava as a giant grill. But this does come with a warning. There have also been warnings of volcanic gas pollution.
Before the eruption there were more than 50,000 earthquakes here in just three weeks. They were caused by a large body of molten rock, known as magma, which has pushed its way to the surface.
It’s unclear for how much longer this volcano will continue to erupt. For now though, Icelanders are enjoying its hypnotic displays.
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