Molten lava as it vents from a rupture near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland, as a volcano erupts early Sunday March 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Ragnar Axelsson)
REYKJAVIK, Iceland – Hundreds of people have been evacuated from a small village in southern Iceland today after a volcanic eruption shot ash and molten lava into the air.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, however a state of emergency has been declared.
A geophysicist at the University of Iceland’s Institute of Earth Science, Pall Einarsson said he is concerned that this eruption could trigger an eruption at the nearby Katla volcano which he described as a vicious volcano. “That eruption could cause both local and global damage,” he said.
Einarsson told The Associated Press the volcano has been inflating since the beginning of the year and has been both rising and swelling.
“We had to leave all our animals behind,” Elin Ragnarsdottir, a 47-year-old farmer, told RUV, Iceland’s national broadcaster from an evacuation center. “We got a call and a text message … and we just went.”