Icelandic volcano erupts for the first time in 6,000 years

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The Fagradals Mountain volcano in southwest Iceland laid dormant for 6,000 years. But on Friday night, it came to life.

Videos of the eruption show the bright lava oozing out of the earth, lighting up an otherwise stark dark night. The glow from the lava could be seen up to 20 miles away from Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital, according to the Associated Press.

The eruption is the first that the Reykjanes Peninsula, where the volcano is located, has experienced in 781 years. 

Icelandic Police tweeted on Friday that people were to stay indoors and keep their windows closed to prevent gas pollution. 

But the Icelandic Meteorological Office said on Saturday morning that the pollution from this eruption, “is not expected to cause much discomfort for people except close up to the source of the eruption.” 

The eruption follows  weeks of earthquakes in the area,