As of 20:23 UTC, an eruption was observed between Mt. Hagafell and Mt. Stóra Skógfell, where a "2.9-km-long fissure forming quickly  

The fourth eruption of a volcano on Iceland's southwest coast since December occurred on Saturday, officials said, forcing an evacuation.  

the eruption has prompted the declaration of a state of emergency.  

The Icelandic Meteorological Office reports that the eruption began at 19:43 UTC and was confirmed by webcams 40 minutes later.  

The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management in Iceland received the first alert at that time.  

Based on preliminary evaluations from aerial photos and webcam footage, the eruption is thought to have released the most magma out of all three of the Sundhnúkur crater row explosions  

according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office.  

According to the office, lava was moving southeast toward the protection barriers for Grindavík  

westward toward the Svartsengi region's protection barriers.  

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