A Town Evacuated as Seismic Activity Increases
The recent tremors in Iceland are signaling an imminent and significant volcanic eruption, according to experts. Over the past few weeks, seismographs have been recording earthquakes on the Reyjanes peninsula, located in the southwest of the country. These tremors are caused by unusually active underground magma currents.
As a precautionary measure, the fishing town of Grindavik, situated near the popular tourist attraction, the Blue Lagoon, has been evacuated. The town, home to 3,400 residents, had to leave their homes due to the potential danger.
The Icelandic Meteorological Office has reported that the magma stream is estimated to be approximately 10 kilometers long and 5 kilometers deep.
According to volcanologist Thorvaldur Thordarson, an eruption could occur within hours or a few days. The volcanoes in this area have been dormant until 2021 when they resumed activity with three major eruptions, none of which were explosive. However, the possibility of an explosive eruption cannot be ruled out, which would have severe consequences for air traffic.
A similar situation occurred in 2010 with the famous eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which disrupted air traffic in Europe for several weeks.
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