A spokeswoman for the Icelandic Civil Protection Authority said three tourists were injured while crossing rugged terrain in Iceland on Wednesday night en route to a volcanic eruption.
The injuries, including a broken ankle, were not serious, but spokeswoman Hjordis Gud stressed the risks tourists face when attempting to hike into the lava flowing from Fágradalfjar volcano in southwestern Iceland. Mundsdottir said in an interview on Thursday.
“We tell people that even though they know it’s spectacular and there’s nothing like it, they should be careful and be prepared before they go,” said Gudmundsdottir. rice field.
She said the hike to and from the area takes about five hours and may require traversing lava that is still fragile and hot below the surface since the volcano erupted last year. It also warns of sudden gas contamination near the eruption site.
“We try to tell people that it’s not just a walk in the park,” he said. “People need to pay attention and wear good clothes and good shoes. I try to tell both of my friends about it.”
A tourist with a broken ankle was taken to hospital by helicopter, Gudmundsdottir said. Two others were rescued from the volcano by car, she said.
Gudmundsdottir said he expects more tourists to arrive in the coming days, especially after sunset, when fiery lava fills the Icelandic night sky.
“I don’t know how many people were there, but I know it was a lot. I know there will be more the next day,” she said. I know you can’t say ‘To’, we haven’t locked the place.”
Lava began to flow on Wednesday from cracks in the ground around Fagradalfjar, near the town of Grindavik on the Reykjanes peninsula, the Icelandic government said. statementThe eruption came after intense seismic activity over the past few days, the statement said.
The government said the eruption was considered “relatively small” and poses little risk to populated areas and critical infrastructure. Fissure eruptions typically do not lead to large explosions or massive ash columns into the stratosphere, the statement said.
However, the government said it was advising people not to visit the site. The eruption site is “a dangerous area and conditions can change rapidly,” said the Ministry of Civil Protection and Emergency Management. statement on thursday.
As the winds recede, toxic gases can build up, new lava fountains can open with little warning, and accumulated lava can quickly flow across the ground.
The rift is about nine miles from Keflavik Airport, a major transportation hub, and about 16 miles from the Reykjavik metropolitan area, according to the government.
“Since the series of earthquakes started last weekend, we expected an eruption somewhere in the region,” Icelandic Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir said in a statement. “Of course, we continue to monitor the situation closely and are also benefiting from the experience gained from last year’s eruption.”
Iceland has a long history of volcanic activity, with over 30 active volcanoes. The country straddles her two tectonic plates, which are separated by an undersea mountain range and ooze hot molten rock, or magma. Earthquakes occur when magma breaks through plates.
Keflavik Airport said on its website on Thursday that there were no disruptions to incoming or departing flights.
Icelandair also tried to reassure passengers that flights were not disrupted after it advertised the volcanic eruption on Facebook, writing on Wednesday: “Icelandic summer is getting hot!” It included a link to live stream of the eruption site.