Iceland volcano: Hikers evacuated as lava spurts from new crack in surface

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Hundreds of hikers have been evacuated after lava spouted from a new crack in an Icelandic volcano's surface on Monday in the Reykjanes peninsula.

The Icelandic Department of Emergency Management announced an immediate evacuation of the area. 

There was no imminent danger to life due to the site’s distance from hiking paths, officials said, but they announced an immediate evacuation of the area.

A steady stream of tourists have visited the area since the long-dormant volcano on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwest Iceland flared to life in March. 

According to the Icelandic Tourist Board, around 30,000 people have visited the area since the eruption began to view the spectacle.   

The volcano began erupting last month and was the area’s first volcanic eruption in nearly 800 years.

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