REYKJAVIK, Iceland — Theflowing across a small valley in southwestern Iceland is easing and shouldn’t interfere with air travel, the Icelandic Meteorological Office said Saturday. The fissure eruption began at around 8:45 p.m. Friday in the Gelding Valley, about 32 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of the capital, Reykjavik, the Met Office said. The agency said that the or dust that could disrupt aviation. The more we see, the smaller this eruption gets,” geophysicist Pall Einarsson told The Associated Press on .
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Keflavik Airport, Iceland’s, said flights have remained on schedule since the eruption.
“There is no indication of production of ash and tephra, and there is no imminent hazard for aviation,” the Met Office said on its website. In 2010, an eruption of the Eyjafjallajokullsent clouds of ash and dust into the atmosphere, interrupting air travel between Europe and North America because the material could damage jet engines. More than 100,000 , stranding millions of passengers.
The area began rumbling with increased seismic activity 15 months ago, and the tremors increased dramatically.
Over the past three weeks, the Metearthquakes had rattled the area, dozens of them magnitude four or stronger.
Iceland, located above a volcanic hotspot in the, averages one eruption every four to five years. The last one was at Holuhraun in 2014, when a fissure eruption the size of Manhattan over the interior highland region.
Scientists flew over the Geldinga Valley eruption on Saturday morning and estimated the eruptive fissure was about 500 meters long (1,640 feet.) The twowere about 2.5 kilometers from the nearest road.
Sony Palsdottir’s house is the closest to the, just four kilometers (2.5 miles) away in the coastal town of Grindavik. She and her husband watched TV on Friday night when her pointed out a red glow in the distance. “Today, I see a white-blue cloud of from the mountains,” Palsdottir, 50, told The Associated Press. “Not something I expected to have in my backyard.” “I am just relieved the earthquakes are over,” she added.