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In 2024, an Icelandic volcanic eruption destroys homes in a fishing community with lava.

By Jennifer Jan 15, 2024
Iceland volcano: Lava destroys homes in Grindavik /By The Associated PressIceland volcano: Lava destroys homes in Grindavik /By The Associated Press

Following the widespread burning of structures in the evacuated town of Grindavik by molten lava from a volcano in the southwest of the island, Iceland’s president said that the country is facing “tremendous forces of nature.”

Seismic activity had intensified overnight and residents of Grindavik were evacuated, Icelandic public broadcaster RUV reported. This is Iceland's fifth volcanic eruption in two years, the previous one occurring on December 18, 2023 in the same region southwest of the capital Reykjavik. Iceland is home to 33 active volcano systems, the highest number in Europe.
Billowing smoke and flowing lava after a volcanic eruption on the outskirts of Grindavik, western Iceland on Sunday.AFP – Getty Images

On the Reykjanes peninsula, a long-dormant volcanic system has erupted, prompting President Gudni Th. Johannesson to declare “a daunting period of upheaval to begin” in a late-Sunday televised address.

A volcano on the peninsula erupted for the second time in less than a month on Sunday morning. A few hours before, a sequence of minor earthquakes warned of an approaching eruption, leading the authorities to recommend that the residents of Grindavik leave the town and seek refuge elsewhere.

Icelandic volcanic Geophysicist Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson said the eruption had “decreased considerably” over night, but it was hard to say when it might cease.

Icelandic volcanic Grindavik, the capital, is about thirty miles southwest of Reykjavik. It has 3,800 residents. It had been moved when the Svartsengi volcanic system erupted in November, about 800 years earlier.

At last, on December 18, Grindavik saw lava pouring out of the volcano due to an eruption. The residents were allowed to return to their homes on December 22.

Since then, workers from emergency services have been building barriers to keep the town safe from the lava flow from the most recent eruption.

A worker is said to have fallen into a crack that the volcano has opened, despite the fact that no one has perished as a consequence of the eruptions.

Second Volcanic Eruption Hits Iceland In Less Than A Month
Homes are surrounded by erupting lava just north of Grindavik on Sunday.Micah Garen / Getty Images

The president went on to say, “We need to act on the information we have, even though we are unsure of how this eruption will play out.”

Icelandic volcanic “In spite of these amazing forces of nature, we still hope for the best outcome possible,” he said. “We will continue to stand together and fulfill our responsibilities.”

Since Iceland is located above a volcanic hot zone in the North Atlantic, there is typically one eruption every four to five years.

Icelandic volcanic The most disruptive eruption in recent memory occurred in 2010 when the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted, sending clouds of ash into the sky and disrupting transatlantic aviation travel for months.

It is not expected that the latest eruption will release a significant amount of ash into the atmosphere. According to Gudjon Helgason, a spokesman for airport operator Isavia, operations at KeflavΓ­k Airport are running as normal.


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