VIDEO: A new eruption of a volcanic fissure near the Icelandic capital

A volcano erupted in Iceland on Wednesday, spewing red lava and plumes of smoke through a fissure in an uninhabited valley after several days of intense seismic activity.

The eruption occurred about 40 kilometers from Reykjavik, near the Fagradalsfjall volcano.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO), which monitors seismic activity, estimated the size of the crack at about 300 meters.

Wednesday’s eruption came after a period of intense seismic activity, with about 10,000 earthquakes recorded since Saturday, including two with a magnitude of at least 5.0.

Gases from a volcanic eruption, especially sulfur dioxide, can rise up in close proximity and can be hazardous to health or even fatal.