“The volcanic eruption has started in Fagradalsfjall. The color code of the flight is red, but very little turbulence is seen in the seismometers,” the IMO posted on Twitter.
Iceland’s Civil Protection and Emergency Management department has urged citizens to avoid the Reykjanesbraut road in the southwest of the Reykjanes peninsula. The motorway connects Greater Reykjavík with Iceland Keflavík International Airport.
“An eruption has begun in Fagradalsfjall. We ask people to stay calm and in no case approach the site of the eruption or Reykjanesbraut,” the authority said in a tweet on Friday evening. .
“First-time attendees should be able to drive freely to assess the situation. Scientists are working on assessing the eruption.”
The eruption comes after weeks of increased seismic activity on the peninsula, with about 400 earthquakes detected in the region alone on Thursday morning, according to the IMO.
“This activity is a little less seismic compared to previous mornings, where the figures have been around 1,000 earthquakes,” the IMO added in a tweet on Thursday.