Molten lava spills out of Iceland volcano as main road to airport is closed off

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Red hot molten lava continues to pour out of a volcano in Iceland as the main road from the capital to the international airport at Keflavík is closed.

Photos taken from the scene at the Geldingadalur volcano erupts show electric red lava flowing over a 2.6 kilometres distance.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office believes that the opening of the volcano, or the fissure, is about 200 metres long.

The volcanic eruption began in southwestern Iceland near the capital Reykjavik on Friday, March 19 at 9.15pm

following thousands of small earthquakes in the area in recent weeks, the country's meteorological office said.

Geldingadalur is close to Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes Peninsula, about 4.7 kilometres inland from the southern coast of the peninsula.

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