Iceland Volcano Eruption Live Stream Shows Fagradalsfjall Spewing Lava

Iceland's Fagradalsfjall volcano has been erupting for almost half a month after lying dormant for thousands of years—and a livestream means it's possible to watch it spewing lava from anywhere in the world.

The volcano in the Geldingadalir valley on the Reykjanes peninsula, around 25 miles from Reykjavík, erupted on the evening of March 19 after a series of earthquakes hit the area. It was first spotted on a webcam that monitors the spot.

Hot, orange lava can be seen bubbling up from the volcano in a livestream hosted by Iceland's national public-service broadcaster RÚV.

The eruption is the first for Fagradalsfjall in 6,000 years, and on the Reykjanes peninsula for 718 years, according to The Associated Press.

The Icelandic Met Office described the eruption as minor and "very small," with little explosive activity at the site.

In an update on Monday, the organization said the lava had been contained within Geldingadalur, but if current trends continue it could flow east towards the Merardalur valley.

It is impossible to predict how long the eruption will last, it said. If it continues, Fagradalsfjall may be classified as a shield volcano, meaning it has formed over a long period of time with its field stretching from between a few to several kilometers around its source, according to the Icelandic Met Office.

As the volcano's magma contains high levels of magnesium oxide, it is thought it is flowing from between 10 and 13 miles underground.

The volcano has attracted much attention, including news reports from around the world. Last week, footage from the foot of the volcano emerged showing scientists using its lava to cook hotdogs on March 21. And a video shot by a drone that flew above the lava went viral.

Bjorn Steinbekk, a marketing strategist and content creator from Reykjavík who shot the footage, told Newsweek his device was unscathed by the flight.

"[Drone manufacturer] DJI has clearly come up with a lava-approved FPV [first-person view] drone," he said.

Ulvar Kari Johannsson, a 21-year-old engineer who was among thousands to head to the volcano after trips to the area were deemed safe according to AFP, told the news agency on March 2: "It's absolutely breath-taking... It smells pretty bad. For me what was surprising was the colors of the orange: much, much deeper than what one would expect."

On Friday, the Civil Protection and Emergency Management's Science Board in Iceland held a meeting on the volcano, and is due to release a report.

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People's figures are illuminated by the glow of the lava coming from the Fagradalsfjall volcano on March 28, 2021 on the Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland. The volcano erupted on March 19, after thousands of small earthquakes in the area over the recent weeks, and was reportedly the first eruption of its kind on the Reykjanes Peninsula in around 800 years. Sophia Groves/Getty Images