Iceland's biggest volcano, Hekla, is erupting again after 23 years. Hekla, 75 miles (120 km)?
Iceland's biggest volcano, Hekla, is erupting again after 23 years. Hekla, 75 miles (120 km) south-east of Reykjavik, burst into life on Tuesday night, and today (Thursday) was still throwing out molten lava.
Hekla lies in an isolated area of Iceland, and so far there has been no danger to life, although a lot of farm grassland has been burned. As a safety measures, police have scaled off the area as sightseers streamed out of the capital to catch the spectacle.
Geologists say the eruption is coming from two rifts flanking the main volcano peak. The first eruptions sent lava and hot gases 50,000 feet (15,240 metres) into the air, and smouldering debris fell on rooftops up to 120 miles (192 km) away.
Hekla has erupted 22 times in II centuries, the last time being in 1947.