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Awakening volcanic region in Iceland ‘could cause disruption for centuries’

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Reykjanes peninsula’s last active period started in 10th century and lasted 300 years

Volcanic activity is escalating in a region of Iceland that has not erupted for 800 years, with scientists warning it could cause disruption for centuries to come.

Since 21 January, the Reykjanes peninsula to the south-west of Iceland’s capital Reykjavik has experienced more than 8,000 earthquakes and about 10cm of land uplift due to magma intrusions underground.

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