After a series of earthquakes in Iceland, the long-dormant volcano Fagradalsfjall erupted Friday night. The volcano is located nearly 40 miles outside of Reykjavík, the nearest city and the country’s capital, and didn’t threaten any lives or damage infrastructure.
“Currently, gas pollution is not expected to cause much discomfort for people except close up to the source of the eruption,” tweeted the Icelandic Meteorological Office this morning. “The gas emissions will be monitored closely.”
Images of the eruption immediately flooded social media as Iceland residents saw lava and ash from the volcano light up the sky.
The country’s minister of justice, Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir, took a trip to the volcano as the eruption began to monitor the situation. Sigurbjörnsdóttir posted photos and a live video from the helicopter showing lava oozing down from the eruption.
Local news outlet Ruv also has a live feed of the volcano.
Reykjavík residents posted surreal photos of a red glow in the sky showing Fagradalsfjall erupting.
The eruption also caused a rush of visitors trying to witness the event.
Among them was Icelandic singer Björk, who said on Instagram that the volcano, where she once filmed a music video, was 30 minutes away from her house.
“YESSS !! , eruption !! we in iceland are sooo excited !!! we still got it !!! sense of relief when nature expresses herself !!!” she posted.
The Icelandic Coast Guard has also been keeping a close eye on the situation, posting photos, videos, and updates from the scene.
On Saturday morning, one employee met a dog that joined in on the sightseeing.
One person posted a video taken during what she said was the first commercial flight to the site of the eruption. “This is the most magical thing I’ve ever experienced in my life. I literally cried!!” she said on Instagram.
Flights to Fagradalsfjall appeared to be busy, with people taking in the volcano in all its glory as soon as the sun came up.
One person posted a photo of beautifully lit sky, saying, “What you see here is not a sunset but a volcanic eruption at Fagradalsfjall.”
According to the Meteorological Office, “The eruption is small and the volcanic activity has somewhat decreased since yesterday evening.”
“Lava fountains are small and lava flows are currently a very local hazard,” officials tweeted.