Latest updates on Iceland’s volcano: An eruption may occur in the next 30 minutes.

Latest updates on Iceland's volcano: An eruption may occur in the next 30 minutes.

Large fissures have emerged on the streets of a town in Iceland that is in danger of a volcanic eruption.

The possibility of an eruption from the Iceland volcano is causing concern, as the country’s Meteorological Office (IMO) has issued a warning that magma may have reached a significant depth in the Earth’s crust and could potentially erupt with only 30 minutes notice.

According to Kristín Jónsdóttir, the department head at the Icelandic Meteorological Office, individuals will have to patiently await the outcome of events over the next few days.

According to her, the decrease in earthquake activity in the past day could indicate that magma is nearing the surface of the earth. She also mentioned that this situation is similar to what was observed before a previous eruption in 2021.

Officials are concerned that they may only have “30 minutes warning” before the expected volcanic eruption. Vídir Reynisson, the head of civil protection, stated, “While we are closely monitoring the situation, we must also be vigilant for any subtle indications.”

According to the Met Office, a borehole in Svartsengi has detected magmatic gas, indicating that the Fagradalsfjall volcano may erupt in the next few days. The town of Grindavik is currently the most vulnerable.


Watch – Police shut down roads as island prepares for eruption

Roads are being closed by the police on Iceland as the island prepares for a possible volcanic eruption.

Lydia Patrick21 November 2023 18:30

Severe weather conditions are causing seismograph readings to be less precise.

According to Páll Einarsson, a volcanologist at the University of Iceland, taking seismic measurements has been challenging today because of strong winds.

The professor explains that the windy weather is causing the seismograph readings to be less precise, making it more difficult to track seismic activity.

According to his statement to the Independent, earthquakes serve a purpose by indicating the location of events.

“Due to unfavorable weather conditions and strong wind, accurately measuring becomes more challenging for the seisomograph.”

Lydia Patrick21 November 2023 17:29

In pictures – Reporter reaches ‘end of the road’

Barney Davis, a journalist, is currently reporting from Iceland. However, he is unable to travel beyond a distance of 24km from Grindavik, near Suðurstrandarvegur, due to the closure of the entire area for tourists.

He states that the only vehicle permitted beyond the checkpoint is a van transporting a portable toilet.

<p>The checkpoint 24km from the town of Grindavik</p>

on the Reykjanes Peninsula

The checkpoint located 24km away from Grindavik town on the Reykjanes Peninsula.

<p>Officials prevent travellers from moving closer to the danger zone</p>

Officials prohibit travelers from getting closer to the area of risk.

Lydia Patrick21 November 2023 16:29

“The unpredictability is likely the most challenging aspect,” a rescue worker exposes the precariousness of residents’ brief return.

Barney Davies, a reporter in Iceland, interviewed Jon Baglundsson, who is a spokesperson for ICE-SAR, a group of volunteers who provide rescue services.

The inhabitants of Grindavik, who were evacuated, have been given the opportunity to quickly go back to their residences and retrieve their possessions.

Jon Baglundsson informed The Independent about their safety measures in the face of an imminent disaster.

According to Mr. Baglundsson, we are constantly worried about the safety of individuals, which is why only a limited number of people are permitted to enter. They are also accompanied by members of the search and rescue team who carry radios at all times.

If a situation occurs, they have a plan in place to evacuate and will be notified by scientists at the Met Office if there are signs that an eruption is even more likely than it already is.

“When molten rock rises to the Earth’s surface, it can be detected by seismometers as a low rumbling sound and numerous minor earthquakes. This suggests that the magma is approaching within 100 meters of reaching the surface.”

The situation hasn’t caused panic, but they are aware of the potential consequences and are displaying understanding and concern for their well-being.

“Try to envision being forced to leave your residence, unsure of when you can come back or if it will even still be standing.”

The uncertainty is likely the most detrimental.

Lydia Patrick21 November 2023 15:30

The current situation – A summary of the ongoing rescue operation

Our field correspondent, Barney Davis, has recently arrived in Reykjavík to provide you with the most current news on the volcano.

Initially, he conversed with Jon Baglundsson, a representative of ICE-SAR, a group of volunteer rescuers who have been assisting numerous individuals in returning to their residences to retrieve their valuable possessions.

According to him, it’s just a matter of waiting.

Ever since the village was cleared out more than a week ago, we have been diligently allowing residents to retrieve their most cherished belongings in small batches each day.

The progress of this project has been consistently positive and it continues to operate efficiently at present.

It is a time-consuming task as there are a total of 1,200 households that need to be revisited to retrieve pictures of their children and grandchildren stored on hard drives.

“The earthquake activity has decreased, however the land is still rising to the northwest of the town.”

A volcanic eruption is anticipated and likely to occur, however, the exact time and location cannot be determined. There is no specific deadline, but urgency is advised for evacuation.

<p>This image taken with a drone shows the town of Grindavik, Iceland</p>

This drone-captured photograph depicts the town of Grindavik, Iceland.

Lydia Patrick21 November 2023 15:15

People living in Iceland are reporting terrifying scenes as they evacuate due to the threat of a volcanic eruption.

Citizens of a tiny Icelandic village facing the danger of a volcanic eruption have shared their experience of living in an “apocalyptic” state and worrying about what lies ahead.

On the previous Friday, numerous inhabitants of Grindavik were instructed to evacuate due to the town experiencing a series of hundreds of earthquakes. Located 34 miles away from Reykjavík, this coastal village is known for its popular tourist destination, the Blue Lagoon.

Lydia Patrick21 November 2023 15:00

The process of drilling for an emergency water source is currently in progress.

According to RUV, HS Veitur, a utility agency, has begun drilling for a new water and heating source in Reykjanesbær and Suðurnesjabær as a precautionary measure in case earthquakes disrupt the current supply.

The hot spring located in between Garð and Sandgerðim in Árnarétt, Suðurnesjabær poses a challenge for HS Veitur CEO Páll Erland in providing backup hot water options for residents during emergencies, as a significant amount of energy and power is derived from the current water source in Lágir.

Mr Erland told RUV that 25,000 residents and businesses will be able to access water from the new source and his team has also strengthened electricity infrastructure.

<p>General view of the Svartsengi geothermal power plant, near the evacuated town of Grindavik, in Iceland,</p>

The Svartsengi geothermal power plant, located near the abandoned town of Grindavik in Iceland, offers a comprehensive perspective.

Lydia Patrick21 November 2023 14:30

The most significant volcanic eruptions within the past decade.

As the nation experiences over 880 minor earthquakes, concerns have risen about potential disruptions to the Fagradalsfjall volcano located on the Reykjanes peninsula in the southwestern region of the country.

As Iceland anxiously anticipates the imminent volcanic eruption, let’s examine some of the most significant volcanic eruptions that have occurred in the past decade.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain has the full story

Lydia Patrick21 November 2023 14:00

Rescue workers have shared their findings, providing a glimmer of hope for Grindavík.

According to RUV, a rescue worker in Grindavik states that the town’s damage is not as bad as originally feared.

According to the state broadcaster, Otti Rafn Sigmarsson is a member of the Þörbjörn team, a group of rescue workers who have performed repairs in a town that has experienced numerous earthquakes and has been evacuated due to the danger of a volcanic eruption.

Numerous residents of Grindavik report that the roads have been severely affected by a large fissure in the town and tremors have shaken the structures.

According to Mr. Sigmarsson, the harm is not as significant as many people believe.

Otti Rafn, another member of the team, informed the news outlet that although numerous residences near the fissure have suffered severe damage, the overall situation in other areas is significantly improved.

According to RUV, repair efforts have resolved supply issues for more than half of the 180 homes that lost heat on Sunday. The majority of the town still has access to electricity.

Numerous establishments like schools and sports halls are still intact, giving displaced individuals a glimmer of hope to eventually return to their homes.

<p>This image taken with a drone shows cracks next to a children playground in the town of Grindavik, Iceland</p>

This drone-captured image displays fissures near a playground for children in the town of Grindavik, Iceland.

Lydia Patrick21 November 2023 12:50

In case you missed it, where are scientists forecasting for the volcano to erupt?

Authorities have cautioned evacuees that they may not be able to return home for a prolonged period of time, as experts have identified the anticipated eruption location of an Icelandic volcano.

The forecaster stated that Hagafell is considered a highly probable site for an eruption.

Lydia Patrick21 November 2023 12:17

The source is from the Independent, a British newspaper.