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Drone gets up close to erupting volcano crater in Iceland

A drone on Tuesday (March 23) captured close shots of lava bubbling in the crater of a volcano that erupted near Iceland’s capital Reykjavik on Friday (March 19).

The video showed lava pouring from the crater, down the side of the volcano and into a lava field.

The drone operator braved the snow and biked seven kilometres to the volcano which is not accessible by road. The trip through hilly terrain took approximately 1.5 hours and allowed him to film lava gurgling out of crater on a snowy day.

The eruption, which occurred near Fagradalsfjall, a mountain on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwest Iceland, followed thousands of small earthquakes in recent weeks and was the first on the peninsula since the 12th century.

The source of the eruption is a large body of molten rock, known as magma, which has pushed its way towards the surface over the past few weeks, instigating the earthquakes.

Since the eruption which the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) classified as small, scientists, rescue personnel, photographers and onlookers have flocked to the area.

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