When Iceland’s volcano erupted, it lit up the world
When Iceland volcano erupted on Monday, it illuminated the world with its own distinctive color.
Iceland’s volcano eruption erupted in the heart of the island nation, killing more than a million people.
The epicenter of the eruption was in the town of Uppsala.
In addition to the death toll, nearly 1,300 people were injured in the eruption, the deadliest on the island since it erupted in 2002.
In the days following the eruption Iceland was left in shock, with the Icelandic Meteorological Service reporting that the area was blanketed in smoke and ash, causing extensive damage to buildings.
As of Monday, some 2,000 people were still missing, with many of them in hospitals.
In this Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, photo, a helicopter hovers over a volcanic crater in Uppsalas volcanic crater, Iceland.
Iceland is currently in a state of emergency following the lava explosion that killed more than 1,000, and a number of people are missing, including a pregnant woman who died.
In a statement released Monday, Iceland’s prime minister urged Icelanders to stay calm and continue to monitor the situation closely, as well as to avoid travel.
“This is a very dangerous situation, so stay calm, get back to work and get back home,” said Jón Árnason, speaking at a news conference.
Icelanders are advised to wear face masks, and to remain indoors and away from public areas.
The country has also instituted a mandatory two-day cooling period for homes, businesses and schools, and it is urging citizens to take precautions for themselves.
According to the country’s National Disaster Management Office, about 4,500 houses and other buildings were destroyed in the country.
The eruption also triggered several landslides, and at least four people died when their vehicle struck a large rockfall, the National Disaster Emergency Coordination Office reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.