Iceland Declares Emergency As ‘Quake Swarms’ Signal Potential Volcanic Eruption

ER Editor: Apparently, MSM is not touching this. See RT

Nordic country declares emergency over volcanic eruption threat

The town of Grindavik, which has a bigger than expected magma corridor lying below it, was evacuated from Friday night to Saturday morning. 

Of note:

Iceland has declared a state of emergency following strong seismic activity in the southwestern Reykjanes peninsula. The entire town of Grindavik has been evacuated, President Gudni Johannesson announced on Saturday.

Around 800 earthquakes have been recorded on the peninsula since midnight, the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) informed on Saturday. According to its statement, “the likelihood of a volcanic eruption in the near future is deemed considerable.”

Overnight, the Ministry of Civil Protection and Emergency Management declared “an emergency/distress phase” and ordered all residents of Grindavik, a fishing town of about 3,300, to evacuate.

“In Iceland we know the forces of nature. We hope for the best, but are prepared for all eventualities,” the president later posted on X (formerly Twitter), adding that Grindavik had been “successfully evacuated.”

And —

“The chance of an eruption has increased significantly, a local volcanologist told RUV, noting that it could happen in “hours or a few days.”

In July, a volcanic eruption took place on the same Reykjanes peninsula. It was the third time in three years that a seismic event had occurred in the area, the first happening in 2021. Before that, Reykjanes hadn’t seen an eruption for more than 800 years.

Volcanic eruptions in Iceland are regular but unpredictable events – they can occur in quick succession or at longer intervals. In total, there are around 130 active and inactive volcanoes throughout the country.

Some tweets —

#icelandvolcano #iceland  #Icelandearthquake

This video report is interesting for the way a government CAN look after its own people —


Iceland Declares Emergency As ‘Quake Swarms’ Signal Potential Volcanic Eruption

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Authorities in Iceland declared an emergency and issued an evacuation order for thousands of people in a popular tourist town in the country’s southwestern Reykjanes Peninsula after quake swarms intensified in the last 48 hours – sparking fears that the next big volcanic eruption could be imminent.

On Friday night, Iceland’s National Police Commissioner declared a state of emergency for civil defense. Residents in Grindavík were ordered to leave after a magma tunnel formed under the area.

“We want to reiterate that residents MUST evacuate their homes and leave the town. But we also want to reiterate that this is not an emergency evacuation, there is plenty of time to prepare, secure things and drive out of town calmly,” the agency said.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office’s latest update warned:

“The seismic activity has moved south towards Grindavík. Based on how the seismic activity has evolved since 6 PM today, along with results from GPS measurements, there is a likelihood that a magma intrusion has extended beneath Grindavík.” 

It said:

“At this stage, it is not possible to determine exactly whether and where magma might reach the surface. There are indications that a considerable amount of magma is moving in an area extending from Sundhnjúkagígum in the north towards Grindavík. The amount of magma involved is significantly more than what was observed in the largest magma intrusions associated with the eruptions at Fagradalsfjall.”

Magma coming to the surface produced the first seismic activity on Oct. 25, and since then, 22,000 quakes have been reported.

In the last 48 hours, seismic activity has intensified with over 1,500 quakes.

Officials have elevated the volcanic warning system to “orange,” which means heightened unrest with an increased likelihood of eruption.

The US Embassy in Iceland also issued a volcano alert, warning about the increased signs of volcanic activity.

“If an eruption occurs, follow the instructions of Icelandic authorities. Volcanic hazards may include lava, toxic gases, and heavy smoke from fires ignited by lava,” the embassy said.

In 2010, nearly all flights in Europe and across the Atlantic Ocean were halted for a week as ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano sparked one of the most significant air traffic disruptions in peacetime until the Covid virus pandemic in 2020.




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