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A Volcano in Southwestern Iceland Is Expected To Erupt in the Next Few Days

Hundreds of small earthquakes create an early warning sign

A volcano is southwest Iceland is expected to erupt in the next few days, the Icelandic Meteorological Office has warned.

Hundreds of small earthquakes have been rattling the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland over the past few days — an early warning sign of a looming volcanic eruption. About 900 earthquakes have been detected so far since midnight on Monday. A day earlier, more than a thousand quakes — all below a 3 magnitude — were recorded.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office estimated magma, also known as molten rock, to be about 800 meters or half a mile from the surface as of Saturday. The office added that it was likely to reach the surface soon.

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