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Houses on fire as lava from volcano eruption reaches Icelandic town

Miranda Bryant

Miranda Bryant

Houses have caught fire in the fishing town of Grindavík in south-west Iceland after a volcano erupted for the second time in less than a month.

Two fissures formed near the town on Sunday after an increase in seismic activity that prompted authorities to evacuate the community the day before.

A first eruption began at 8am when a crack opened in the ground about 450 metres from the town. Protective barriers of earth and rock pushed lava from the first fissure away from the town. However, a second crack then opened around midday on the edge of town, measuring around 100 metres by the evening, with that lava engulfing the homes.

At least three houses were engulfed by fire, live images from TV broadcaster RUV showed.

Jets of glowing orange lava flowed out and a huge smoke cloud rose against the dark sky.

“In a little village like this one, we’re like a family, we all know each other as family – it’s tragic seeing this,” one local resident, Sveinn Ari Gudjonsson, told Agence France-Presse. “It’s unreal, it’s like watching a film,” added the 55-year-old, who works in the fishing industry.

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Here are images from Iceland yesterday.

A view of lava as the volcano erupted near Grindavík on Sunday.
A view of lava as the volcano erupted near Grindavík on Sunday. Photograph: AP
A volcano is spewing lava and smoke as it erupts in Reykjanes Peninsula.
A volcano is spewing lava and smoke as it erupts in Reykjanes Peninsula. Photograph: Snorri Thor/NurPhoto/Rex/Shutterstock

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Houses on fire as lava from volcano eruption reaches Icelandic town

Miranda Bryant

Miranda Bryant

Houses have caught fire in the fishing town of Grindavík in south-west Iceland after a volcano erupted for the second time in less than a month.

Two fissures formed near the town on Sunday after an increase in seismic activity that prompted authorities to evacuate the community the day before.

A first eruption began at 8am when a crack opened in the ground about 450 metres from the town. Protective barriers of earth and rock pushed lava from the first fissure away from the town. However, a second crack then opened around midday on the edge of town, measuring around 100 metres by the evening, with that lava engulfing the homes.

At least three houses were engulfed by fire, live images from TV broadcaster RUV showed.

Jets of glowing orange lava flowed out and a huge smoke cloud rose against the dark sky.

“In a little village like this one, we’re like a family, we all know each other as family – it’s tragic seeing this,” one local resident, Sveinn Ari Gudjonsson, told Agence France-Presse. “It’s unreal, it’s like watching a film,” added the 55-year-old, who works in the fishing industry.

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