Dormant Volcano in Iceland Erupts for the First Time in 6000 Years

A volcano in Iceland that has been dormant for more than 6000 years erupted late Friday. The volcano is located in the Fagradals Mountains, about 20 miles southwest of the capital of Reykjavik.

This is the first time in almost 800 years that there have been any eruptions from any volcano on the Reykjanes Peninsula. However, after almost 400 earthquakes last week, this eruption is considered small according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office.

The closest town to the volcano is 6 miles away, and although residents have been told to stay away from the eruption, there are no evacuation orders in place. Flights are on schedule as normal, but residents are being told to take precautions due to potential gas pollution.

Lava has flowed about 1/3 a mile down the volcano. You can watch a live stream of the volcano here.