February 26, 2024

Volcano in Iceland: Experts reveal exact location for ‘likely’ eruption as magma flow continues – live

Huge cracks appear on the roads in an Icelandic town at risk of a volcanic eruption

Nearly 100 earthquakes shook Iceland from midnight today as the country remains worried about an impending eruption.

The strongest earthquake with a magnitude of 3.35 struck Vatnafjoll in South Iceland at 5.56am this morning, the Icelandic Met Office reported.

Last night a seismic swarm started around the dike breach just north of the evacuated town of Grindavik.

Iceland’s Met Office continues to warn of the “continued likelihood of an impending eruption”.

In its latest update, the forecaster said there were around 100 earthquakes on Monday, with a “swarm” near the city lasting just over an hour before midnight.

Two weeks ago, Grindavik was evacuated after magma-induced seismic activity ripped huge fissures through the city’s streets.

While hundreds of earthquakes still strike the area every day, “seismic activity continues to decline,” the Icelandic Met Office said, adding: “The likelihood of an imminent volcanic eruption is decreasing over time.”

However, a civil protection official told the newspaperThe independent “It’s still dangerous here… I’ve never seen anything like it. Normally we have a few minutes’ warning to get out, but with the weather like today we have even less.”


Really interesting update from the Icelandic Met Office on the possible location of the eruption.

As we know, for a long time the focus was on the embankment in the area close to the evacuated town of Grindavik, but since then there have been suggestions that it could actually be located north of the community.

Well, the country’s Met Office has now issued a detailed update following a series of earthquakes over the weekend and early this week.

It says GPS data and satellite images show the “surge” is continuing in the area of ​​Svartseng, which is next to the Blue Lagoon attraction, about five kilometers north of Grindavik.

It adds: “In light of available data and the latest analysis, an eruption along the dike is still considered likely as long as magma inflow continues.”

Then the update goes so far as to say where the eruption is expected to occur, if it does happen.

It continues: “It is estimated that the area most likely to erupt is in the middle part of the dike between Hagafell and Sýlingarfell.”

Both Hagafell and Sýlingarfell are located north of Grindavik and are approximately six kilometers apart.

Alex RossNovember 29, 2023 7:50 am


Residents of Grindavik continue to face the unknown

Volcanologists predict that an eruption is less likely to occur in the town of Grindavik, but they cannot rule out the possibility of an eruption just north of the town.

Siggeir Ævarsson, The 38-year-old Grindavik resident doesn’t know if he can return to his family home with his wife and youngest daughter, Þórgunnur Júlía, 10, and two cats.

They are currently staying with their in-laws in Reykjavík.

Mr Ævarsson told it The independent yesterday: “We’re all just waiting.

“Many people have difficulty finding a long-term place to stay that suits their family.”

Siggeir Ævarsson and his wife Soffía Sveinsdóttir try to stay positive despite not knowing if they can return home

(As long as)

Lydia PatrickNovember 29, 2023 6:00 am


‘An eruption north of the city cannot yet be ruled out’

An eruption within or just outside the city of Grindavik cannot be ruled out, says a volcanologist from the University of Iceland.

Things are developing slowly. Overall earthquake activity is slowly decreasing. But there was a swarm of earthquakes last night that most likely indicates movement of magma within the active dike. The narrowest parts of the dike are considered to have already been hardened, but the thickest parts will probably need months to solidify. It is believed that the chance of an eruption in the city of Grindavík is decreasing, but an eruption north of the city cannot yet be ruled out.

Páll Einarsson

Lydia PatrickNovember 29, 2023 4:00 am


Every resident of an Icelandic city was evacuated because of a volcano. Daring rescuers went back to save the pets.

Charities have taken part in a number of rescues in a bid to save animals in the city, with rescuers returning to look for animals.

Cats, dogs, hamsters and even chickens were at the center of rescue efforts after many were left behind following evacuation orders, giving residents minutes to leave. More than 4,000 people were evacuated.

Reporter on site Barney Davis report from the rescue mission in Grindavik last week

Lydia PatrickNovember 29, 2023 2:00 am


Residents of Grindavik struggle to find long-term accommodation

Siggeir Ævarsson, The 38-year-old Grindavik resident evacuated his hometown two weeks ago along with his wife and youngest daughter, Þórgunnur Júlía, 10, and two cats.

They are currently staying with their in-laws in Reykjavík, but he says many residents are struggling to find affordable long-term accommodation.

“The only places available are super expensive, small or somewhere in the country,” Mr Ævarsson said the independent.

Lydia PatrickNovember 29, 2023 00:01


Rules that residents of Grindavik must adhere to

Residents of Grindavik who wish to return to collect their belongings must leave the city before 4 p.m., just before sunset.

  • It is recommended that people come with their own car, maximum 1 car per household. Due to local conditions, bringing children is not recommended.
  • In residential areas, container trucks, containers or container transporters, large vans, box trucks and semi-trailers are not permitted due to the risk of slowing down or hindering other traffic, related to the safety of people in the area.
  • There is no effective drainage or running water, so you cannot use toilets in the houses in Grindavík. The plan is to build toilets in the city.
  • It is recommended that people bring water and other food items for the day as these are not available in the city.
  • Keep in mind that homes can be unsafe. You can contact the local response team.
  • There is no room for residents to move from their homes, but they can take their most important valuables and clothing with them.
  • Industrialists and residents have to work in houses where the heating does not work.
  • Residents are encouraged to walk to and from their homes in a way that allows them to evacuate on short notice.

(Barney Davis)

Barney DavisNovember 28, 2023 9:58 PM


Hundreds of earthquakes rock Svartsengi, the largest of which has a magnitude of 3

An earthquake swarm was measured near Svartsengi around midnight.

Such a rapid burst of earthquakes has not been measured for at least two days.

The swarm was measured under the northern part of the Sundhnúkur crater row.

The largest earthquake to date had a magnitude of 3, according to the latest measurements from the Icelandic Met Office.

Iceland’s Met Office continues to warn of the “continued likelihood of an impending eruption”.

(With Office)

Barney DavisNovember 28, 2023 8:58 PM


Blue Lagoon extends its closure until December 7

Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon will be closed for almost a month after earthquakes rocked the closure of roads in the area.

Announcing the decision on Tuesday, a spokesperson said: “On November 9, Blue Lagoon made the proactive decision to temporarily close its facilities, impacting operations at Blue Lagoon, Silica Hotel, Retreat Spa, Retreat Hotel, Lava and Moss Restaurant .

“Given the disruptions to our guests’ experience and the continued pressure on our employees, these precautions have been taken to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone.

“The closure will remain in place until 7am on December 7, after which the situation will be reassessed.”

The Blue Lagoon is a dream destination for hundreds and thousands of people every year

(Atlas photography)

Barney DavisNovember 28, 2023 7:58 PM


Iceland’s former president says Grindavik’s mayor hopes economic activity will return

Iceland’s former president has acknowledged that residents of Grindavik may still be concerned about returning to the major fishing port after it was split in two by an earthquake.

“The mayor even expressed hope that economic activity would soon return to normal. Perhaps the outburst was a temporary scare!

“But there was monumental destruction.”

(Getty Images)

Barney DavisNovember 28, 2023 7:08 PM


Lava trenches around energy planet ‘ahead of schedule’

The construction of lava channels is ahead of schedule, the director of the Civil Protection and Emergency Management Department told RÚV.

The barriers will surround the Svartsengi power plant and the adjacent Blue Lagoon and are expected to take 30 to 40 days to complete.

The Independent saw the fast trucks of rocks being smoothed over by bulldozers, creating miles of lava trenches.

Although an evacuation order remains in effect for Grindavík, authorities have eased restrictions on the city’s residents and businesses, who are allowed to enter the city to care for their property and retrieve belongings.

General view of the Svartsengi geothermal power plant, near the evacuated town of Grindavik, in Iceland,


Barney DavisNovember 28, 2023 5:54 PM

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