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The volcanic eruption in Fagradalsfjall near the capital Reykjavik on March 20. Photo: Vilhelm Gunnarsson/Getty Images

A volcano that had been inactive for roughly 6,000 years erupted on Friday night on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland, according to AP.

Why it matters: The eruption — which is relatively small for now — is the area's first in 781 years, the glow from which could be seen up to 20 miles away in Reykjavík, the country's capital. Iceland's Department of Emergency Management does not expect to issue evacuations since the Fagradals Mountain volcano is located in a remote area.

In photos:
The glow of the eruption as seen near Reykjavik on March 19. Photo: Halldor Kolbeins/AFP via Getty Images
The lava flow from the eruption seen from a helicopter on March 20. Photo: Icelandic Coast Guard/AFP via Getty Images
A helicopter flying near the lava flow on March 20. Photo: Vilhelm Gunnarsson/Getty Images

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Eight people who were killed along with several others who were injured in a Thursday evening shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis have been identified by local law enforcement.

The big picture: The Sikh Coalition said at least four of the eight victims were members of the Indianapolis Sikh community.

Pompeo, wife misused State Dept. resources, federal watchdog finds

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The State Department's independent watchdog found that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo violated federal ethics rules when he and his wife asked department employees to perform personal tasks on more than 100 occasions, including picking up their dog and making private dinner reservations.

Why it matters: The report comes as Pompeo pours money into a new political group amid speculation about a possible 2024 presidential run.