A volcano in southwestern Iceland has erupted, sending glowing hot lava shooting 50 metres (164ft) into the air.

It’s the fifth eruption since December on the Reykjanes peninsula, near the country’s capital Reykjavik.

The Blue Lagoon spa – one of the country’s most popular tourist resorts – was evacuated as a precaution.

Rikke Pedersen of Iceland University’s Nordic Volcanology Center, described the lava as a curtain of fire that was approximately 2.5km (1.5 miles) in length.

The country’s Met Office said the fissure appeared to be “growing”. The eruption occurred at around 12:00 local time (11:00 BST).

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