On Sunday, the Iceland's civil protection agency announced that there was a volcano eruption in Iceland beside the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in southern Iceland. Luckily, the eruption did not cause immediate damage or injuries.
The eruption reportedly happened at about 11:30 p.m. on Saturday beside Eyjafjallajokull glacier, the fifth largest in Iceland. Authorities first thought that the outbreak was below the glacier which threatened that it could result in flooding from glacier melt. However, scientists later determined the location of the eruption and confirmed that it did not occur below the ice.
According to analyst Agust Gunnar Gulfason at the Civil Protection Department, the outbreak was a small one. He added that as eruption occurring close to the Eyjafjallajokull glacier could possibly lead to flooding, response plan had been initiated before.
Scientists can see a 1-kilometer lava flows after the eruption. At the moment, authorities are keeping a close eye in case of there is any further activity.
According to department manager for the Icelandic Civil Protection Department Vidir Reynisson, 450 people in the area 160 kilometers southeast Reykjavik were evacuated to avoid further activity from the volcano.
Authorities have declared that communities near the glacier were in state of emergency. Three Red Cross centers were set up for evacuees in the village of Hella.
Flights from the U.S. to capital Keflavik or nearby are ordered to turn back. The Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration said. Some flights were scheduled such as flights to Stockholm, London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. Especially, a flight to Oslo has been cancelled and passengers were being rerouted.
According to reports from the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, all domestic flights were delayed until further notice.
Iceland is an island which lies in the North Atlantic of Europe. It is a land of mountains, glaciers and volcanoes. The last time eruption occurred in this island was in the 1820s.