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Iceland volcano erupts again, triggers second evacuation of Grindavik

Jan 15

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For more than two years, the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwest Iceland has grappled with the presence of active volcanoes. Volcanologists, anticipating eruptions since November following a series of earthquakes, saw an eruption over the weekend as the latest natural force impacting the evacuated town of Grindavík.

The Fagradalsfjall volcano erupted for the second time in less than a month on the morning of Sunday, Jan. 14. Molten lava breached defensive barriers on Monday, engulfing the small town of Grindavík and igniting several homes. This forced the second evacuation of the fishing village, housing nearly 4,000 people.

While no fatalities were reported, a worker is missing after allegedly falling into a crack opened by the volcano.

Iceland President Guðni Th Jóhannesson described the country as facing “tremendous forces of nature.”

Experts observed a significant decrease in volcanic activity since the initial eruption. Geologists highlighted magma corridors flowing beneath the abandoned town, emphasizing the impossibility of predicting the exact end of the volcanic activity.

This event marks the fifth eruption along the Reykjanes Peninsula since 2021.

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FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS – THE REYKJANES PENINSULA IN SOUTHWEST ICELAND HAS BEEN HOME TO ACTIVE VOLCANOES. VOLCANOLOGISTS HAD EXPECTED ERUPTIONS AS EARLY AS NOVEMBER FOLLOWING SEVERAL THOUSAND EARTHQUAKES IN THE AREA. SUNDAY’S ERUPTION MARKS THE LATEST FORCE OF NATURE TO HIT THE EVACUATED TOWN OF GRINDAVÍK.

The Fagradalsfjall volcano erupted for the second time in less than a month on Sunday morning.
Molten lava flowed through defensive barriers towards the small town of Grindavik Monday, setting fire to several homes.
The eruption prompted the second evacuation of the fishing village, which is home to nearly 4,000 people.
No fatalities reported, but a worker is missing, after reportedly falling into a crack opened by a volcano.
Iceland’s President, Guðni Th Jóhannesson, said that the country is facing “tremendous forces of nature.”
Experts note that volcanic activity has significantly decreased since first erupting.
Geologists said magma corridors are flowing underneath the abandoned town and predicting the exact end of the volcanic activity is currently impossible.

This marks the fifth eruption along the Reykjanes peninsula since 2021

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