A volcano erupts near the village of Grindavik, Iceland. (Photo: Hafsteinn Karlsson via Facebook.)

On February 8, a volcano in southwest Iceland erupted. The early morning eruption opened a three-kilometre crack in the Earth. Bright orange lava sprayed 50 to 80 metres in the air.

It was the third eruption in three months.

Wake-up call

The Svartsengi volcanic system sits on the Reykjanes Peninsula, about 50 kilometres from Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik. It awoke last fall, after lying dormant for almost 800 years.