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Homes destroyed as lava hits Iceland town

By Jordi Bou

January 15, 2024 - Lava flowed into houses in the Icelandic town of Grindavik after a volcano on the Reykjanes peninsula erupted for the second time in less than a month.

A crack in the earth's surface opened in the early hours of Sunday, spilling lava into the fishing town.

Lava flows appeared to be slowing, authorities said Monday, despite indications that magma is still flowing underground.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) said the barriers had been breached in some places, allowing lava to reach the town which then set houses and buildings on fire.

Residents of Grindavik, a town of some 4,000 people before it was evacuated in November, said it was difficult to watch televised images of the fires.

PUBLISHED: 15/01/2024; STORY: Graphic News