People Gather to Watch Icelandic Volcano Lava Show

People gather to watch an eruption at Reykjanes Peninsula volcano in Iceland.

MORE: Several people gathered Wednesday (August 3) to watch the eruption of a volcano near Iceland's capital Reykjavik.

Videos uploaded on social media show people taking photos and filming as the volcano spills lava and smoke offering a vast show of fire.

The eruption, which started after days of rising earthquake activity in the area, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO), took place just 25 km (15 miles) from Reykjavik and 15 km from the nation's international airport.

Located between the Eurasian and the North American tectonic plates, among the largest on the planet, Iceland frequently experiences earthquakes and has high volcanic activity as the two plates move in opposite directions.

(Reuters)

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