published : 2023-11-15
Iceland on High Alert as Volcanic Eruption Threat Looms
Smoke Rises from Cracked Roads in Grindavík
The possibility of a volcanic eruption in Iceland remains high as seismic activity continues to rock the region.
Over 800 earthquakes have been recorded, mostly along the magma dyke at Sundhnúk, just over 2 miles north-northeast of Grindavík.
Grindavík, a town in southwestern Iceland, has been evacuated due to the volcanic activity.
Recent tremors have caused tourists to flee the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, which was forced to temporarily close.
Sulphur dioxide gas has been detected in the air of Grindavík, signaling the potential for imminent volcanic activity.
Eyewitness reports and images show smoke rising from cracked roads in Grindavík.
Seismic activity has remained constant since November 11, with monitoring focused on the magma dyke and Grindavík.
Deformation measurements indicate magma is still flowing into the dyke, with the edges showing signs of solidification.
The Icelandic Meteorological Office warns of a high probability of eruption at the magma dyke, although the exact location is uncertain.
Experts cannot determine whether and where magma might reach the surface.
The situation has residents of Grindavík on edge, as they nervously return to the danger zone.
As the suspense builds, the world watches with bated breath for the next developments in this potential volcanic eruption in Iceland.