- Iceland earthquakes and volcanic activity are reported
- Fagradalsfjall would be ready to erupt
- Authorities ask not to let their guard down
The Icelandic Meteorological Office has reported around 700 new earthquakes since last midnight.
The largest being a magnitude of 3.1 and located near the city of Gindavík, in the southwest of the island.
In addition, it noted that the probability of an eruption remains high.
With this new information, the total number of earthquakes in the country amounts to more than 2,500 since November 10.
Iceland earthquakes and volcanic activity
During the course of today they have earthquakes, mostly classified as «microearthquakes.»
They have had a range between 3 and 5 kilometers. Also, they have reported magma intrusion.
“In short, the probability of an eruption remains high. If an eruption occurs, the most likely location will be in the magma intrusion,» the Met Office said.
“Our latest risk assessment does not indicate any other potential eruption sites,” it maintains.
State of emergency
The statement specifies that this activity reveal “continuous and constant movements of the ground due to the intrusion of magma.”
According to geophysical models, the intrusion is estimated to be spreading slowly upwards and the magma is believed to be 800 meters below the surface.
Last Friday, Icelandic authorities declared an emergency situation.
From midnight to 2:00 p.m. (local time), around 800 tremors were recorded about three kilometers north of Grindavík.
Given the possibility of a volcanic eruption, a preventive evacuation order was issued for this city, located 50 kilometers from the capital, Reykjavík.
On Sunday, November 12, the Icelandic Meteorological Office reported approximately one thousand new earthquakes.
In response to the situation, limited access to an area of Grindavík was granted to a small number of residents.
This permit allowed them to collect some essential belongings, a measure that was also extended the next day.
Well-being of the population
Given the increase in seismic activity, authorities have taken gradual measures to ensure the safety of the population, according to Aristegui Noticias.
Controlled access to the affected area makes it easier for residents to take precautions and secure their belongings as the situation evolves.
This gradual and targeted response demonstrates the commitment and actions that the authorities are applying in managing the current situation in Grindavík.
The country sits on a tectonic plate boundary that continually separates, pushing North America and Eurasia apart along the line of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
Iceland and its volcanoes
According to the information of cnn Iceland is home to 32 active volcanoes.
Volcanic activity is a reality of everyday life in Iceland; a country in which people have learned to live with their inconveniences.
This area, one of the most volcanically active on Earth, experiences activity every five years on average in Iceland.
Since the Middle Ages, a third of all the lava that has covered the Earth’s surface has been expelled by Icelandic volcanoes.
danger in the country?
The largest lava flow in recorded history took place in Iceland in the summer of 1783.
This happened when Lakagigar, a 25 km row of craters located southwest of Vatnajökull, ejected 14 km3 of lava.
The same geological activity is also responsible for some of the most spectacular characteristics of Icelandic nature.
In recent days, a video of a huge crack in the city of Grindavík went viral and geologists discovered a magma tunnel. WATCH VIDEO HERE.