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Iceland on High Alert: Volcanic Eruption Imminent as Earthquakes Rock Reykjanes Peninsula

A state of emergency has been stated in Iceland after countless tremblings raised fears of a volcanic eruption.

A series of effective earthquakes rocked the nation’s southwestern Reykjanes peninsula, signalling that there was an increased possibility of a volcanic eruption in the region.

The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) cautioned that an eruption might happen “in several days”.

According to the IMO, Because late October, 24,000 tremors have actually been signed up on the peninsula, and “a dense swarm” of almost 800 quakes signed up in between midnight and 2 pm GMT on Friday.

Authorities have actually bought thousands living in the southwestern town of Grindavik to leave as a safety measure and have closed the close-by Blue Lagoon tourist attraction.

The area around Mount Thorbjorn on the Reykjanes Peninsula has actually been shaken by hundreds of little earthquakes every day for more than two weeks due to an accumulation of volcanic magma– molten rock– around three miles (5km) underground.

Land in the area has increased by 9cm (3.5 in) because the end of October, according to the Icelandic Met Workplace (IMO).

Researchers are closely keeping track of the situation for any indication the seismic activity is getting closer to the surface.

Iceland, which sits above a volcanic hotspot in the North Atlantic, averages an eruption every 4 to 5 years.

The most disruptive in current times was the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which gushed huge clouds of ash into the atmosphere and caused extensive airspace closures over Europe.

The Reykjanes Peninsula on Iceland’s southwestern coast includes a volcanic system that has actually erupted 3 times given that 2021, after being inactive for 800 years.

The evacuation of Grindavik came after the IMO cautioned that “significant modifications have taken place in the seismic activity” which lava could have extended under the town, which lies about 33 miles (53km) from the capital Reykjavik.

The IMO said: “At this stage, it is not possible to identify precisely whether and where magma might reach the surface.”

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