Iceland volcano eruption; Blue Lagoon evacuated: See photos of scene

Iceland has declared a state of emergency after a volcano erupted for the fourth time in three months.

The eruption opened a fissure almost 2 miles long between Stóra-Skógfell and Hagafell mountains on the Reykjanes Peninsula, according to Iceland’s Meteorological Office, which had been warning for weeks about the eruption due to magma accumulating underground.

Volcanic eruptions had slowed significantly, but the eruption has not yet ended, according to an update issued Sunday by Iceland’s Meteorological Office. Lava continues to flow from the fissure, and a lava front extends to the west and the south, now about 820 feet from Suðurstrandarvegur – the main road on the southern coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula.

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