According to volcanologists, eruptions should be expected.

Recently, the number of earthquakes on the Reykjanes Peninsula has increased, which may herald another volcanic eruption, he writes. In his warning Consular Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

As they write, local authorities declared a civil defense emergency and raised the level of preparedness for the settlement of Grindavik, where there is significant seismic activity in the area of ​​nearby Mount Thorbjörn due to the accumulation of magma. The city’s evacuation plan has already been published.

The Consular Service recommends following the news, taking extra precautions, and considering travel to Iceland.

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As mentioned, the area around Mount Thorbjörn on the Reykjanes Peninsula has been shaken by hundreds of small earthquakes daily for more than two weeks, as volcanic magma has accumulated about 5 kilometers underground. In the early hours of Thursday morning, guests hurriedly left the hotels of the Blue Lagoon, one of Iceland’s most famous landmarks, after a 4.8-magnitude earthquake woke them from their sleep.

According to the Icelandic Meteorological Office, since October 27, the ground has risen by 9 centimeters in the area. Volcanologist Thorvaldur Thordarson put it this way: “We have to prepare for the worst of magnitude 5 earthquakes like Thursday’s, which are known signs of volcanic eruptions.”

The Reykjanes Peninsula on the southwest coast of Iceland is home to a volcanic system that has erupted three times since 2021 after lying dormant for 800 years. Residents of Grindavik, a fishing town with a population of 3,400, have experienced several seismic episodes since the peninsula began Reykjanes was in tremors three years ago. since . . Last night’s tremors were stronger than before.

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