Hikers evacuated as more lava flows from new fissures at Icelandic volcano

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Hikers near an Icelandic volcano had to be evacuated on Monday, according to media reports, as lava continued to ooze from newly opened fissures at the mountain.

Drone footage filmed over the crater shows the molten lava bubbling and spurting, and gushing down the sides of the volcano.

[New fissures have opened at an erupting Icelandic volcano]

The volcanic eruption near Fagradalsfjall, a mountain on the Reykjanes Peninsula, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) southwest of the capital, started last month and has been ongoing ever since and has attracted thousands of Icelanders to visit.

Located between the Eurasian and the North American tectonic plates, among the largest on the planet, Iceland is a seismic and volcanic hot spot as the two plates move in opposite directions.

Lava oozes from a new fissure near Fagradalsfjall, Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland on April 5, 2021 in this still image obtained from a social media video taken with a drone. (Ao Thor / via Reuters)