Photos capture Iceland's powerful volcanic eruption


A volcano in southern Iceland, near Grindavik, began erupting in spectacular fashion Monday night following weeks of warning signs, including thousands of earthquakes.

Iceland’s Meteorological Office said the eruption opened an approximately 2.5-mile-long fissure and created lava fountains up to 98 feet high.

Last month, the 3,400 residents of the fishing village of Grindavík, the town nearest the volcano on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula, were evacuated in anticipation of the pending eruption.

The meteorological office reported Tuesday that the southernmost point of the erupting volcano was about 1.86 miles from the town, and that the eruption’s intensity was weakening. The lava also appeared to be flowing away from Grindavík. 

There had been concerns an eruption could last weeks, but on Thursday morning, Iceland’s meteorological office said “no volcanic activity was observed” and that it appears “as though there is no activity in the craters.” 

Here are some of the extraordinary images of the eruption:

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The evacuated Icelandic town of Grindavik is seen as smoke billow and lava is thrown into the air from a fissure during a volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula on Dec. 19, 2023. 

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People view the volcano on the Reykjanes Peninsula on Dec. 19, 2023, in Grindavik, Iceland. 

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A nighttime view of the volcano erupting on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland on Dec. 20, 2023.

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A view of lava after the volcanic eruption northeast of Grindavik, Iceland, on Dec. 19, 2023. 

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Volcanologists from the University of Iceland watch the eruption on Dec. 19, 2023. 

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This image from video provided by the Icelandic Coast Guard shows its helicopter flying near magma running on a hill north of Grindavik on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula late on Dec. 18 or early Dec. 19, 2023. 

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An aerial view of the eruption south of Grindavik on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula, Dec. 19, 2023.

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An aerial view of volcanic activity near Grindavik on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula. Dec. 19, 2023.

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Dec. 18, 2023, north of Grindavik, Iceland.

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Volcano Erupts Near Grindavik, Iceland
A volcano spews lava and smoke as it erupts near Grindavik, Iceland, Dec. 18, 2023.

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The volcanic eruption as seen from the village of Hafnarfjordur, Iceland, on Dec. 18, 2023. 

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An aerial view of lava spewing from the site of the volcanic eruption north of Grindavik
A drone picture shows lava spewing from the site of the volcanic eruption north of Grindavik, photographed from Sylingarfell, Iceland, December 19, 2023.

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Smoke rises as a volcano erupts along Route 41 in the Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland December 19, 2023.

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Drone View Of The Volcano Erupting On Iceland's Reykjanes Peninsula
A drone view of the lava flow from the erupting volcano on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula, with the town of Grindavik and the lights of the famous Blue Lagoon visible in the background, on Dec. 19, 2023. 

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Molten lava erupts from a fissure on the Reykjanes Peninsula in western Iceland on Dec. 19, 2023. 

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Maxar closeup infrared satellite imagery of the lava field from the volcanic eruption north of Grindavik, Iceland.
Maxar closeup infrared satellite imagery of the lava field from the volcanic eruption north of Grindavik, Iceland, Dec. 19, 2020.

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The volcanic eruption turns the sky orange in Grindavik, on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula, Dec. 18, 2023.

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Map shows location of the volcano erupting in Iceland

Volcano erupts on Iceland's Reykjanes peninsula

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