The volcano on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland has erupted for the fifth time since December.

A volcano in Iceland has erupted for the fifth time since December, shooting lava 50 meters into the air along a fissure over 3 kilometers long. Local media reported that the Icelandic police force declared a state of emergency.

Icelandic authorities sent warnings to locals and workers in the town of Grindavik, alerting them to the impending eruption on Wednesday morning. People were evacuated from the town and the nearby Blue Lagoon geothermal pool just before midday, following an earthquake in the area.

In a statement on Wednesday afternoon, the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) reported that lava jets were reaching heights of at least 50 meters, and the fissure was approximately 3.4 kilometers long. A coast guard helicopter was surveying the area to gain a more accurate understanding of the eruption’s size and location.

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