The office said: “There are presently no reports of ashfall, although tephra and gas emissions are to be expected.”
In 2010, the eruption of another volcano, Eyjafjallajokull, brought air traffic to a halt across Europe.
The 2010 eruption, however, was explosive, sending huge ash clouds into the air and impacting air travel.
Today’s eruption is known as an effusive eruption when lava flows steadily out of the ground.
While Iceland’s Keflavik international airport, the country’s largest, and the small fishing port of Grindavik are only a few kilometres away, the area is uninhabited and the eruption is not expected to present any danger.
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