According to the British newspaper The Guardian, earthquakes in the town of Grindavik caused two cracks in the area.


Lava spewing from the fissures, reaching a height of 100 meters, breached the wall built to protect the town of Grindavik from the lava.

At least three houses were engulfed in flames in the fire caused by the lava reaching the settlements.

Icelandic President Gudni Th. Johannesson said a long dormant volcanic system has awakened and "a period of daunting turbulence has begun" on the Reykjanes Peninsula.

Geophysicist Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson said the eruptions had significantly decreased but it was impossible to say when they would end.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) reported that the volcano erupted yesterday after earthquakes in the town of Grindavik and residents were evacuated.

The volcano on the Reykjanes Peninsula erupted on December 18, the IMO said in a statement.

Vidir Reynisson, one of the Icelandic Civil Defense and Emergency Management officials, stated in his statement on RUV television broadcasting in the country that the event was "a big explosion" for the region, referring to the magma flow.

Following a series of earthquakes in Iceland, a "state of emergency" was declared on November 11 in case of a volcano eruption.

Authorities had ordered the evacuation of the town of Grindavik in the southwest of the country as a precautionary measure.

However, it was announced on December 22, 2023 that residents were allowed to return to their homes.