Icelandic village threatened by harmful gases released by volcano

Noxious gases released by a volcano are threatening to pollute the air in a nearby village and could reach the country’s capital, Reykjavik, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO).

The threatened village is Vogar, home to about a thousand people, is just five kilometers northeast of the Fagradalsfjall volcano.

According to Iceland’s Environment Agency, the pollution could reach Reykjavik, 40 kilometers from the volcano, by Saturday. Sulfur dioxide concentrations could reach up to 2600 micrograms per cubic meter, a level considered “unhealthy for the sensitive”.

However, the Icelandic Meteorological Office warned that the models were uncertain as the “flaw of the eruption is very uneven”.

Icelandic authorities have yet to speak of evacuations.

A volcano erupted on the outskirts of Iceland’s capital Reykjavik on Wednesday, the Nordic country’s Meteorological Institute said, as local media showed images of lava rising from the earth.

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