Iceland Volcano LIVE: Nordic country braces for huge eruption


Eruption will most likely be out at sea, expert says

Volcanologist Haraldur Sigurðsson has said he believes that if there is a volcanic eruption in the coming days, it will most likely be out at say.

However, he has played down fears of a huge eruption, saying that he believes the pressure of the magma is not high enough to come to the surface this time.

‘If the corridor is active and is moving to the south – we see that there are earthquakes that reach all the way under the sea, just south of Grindavík – it would be most natural if it would slide to the side and into this system southwest of the town,’ Sigurðsson told Icelandic newspaper Morgunblaðið.

In this way, a new island would be formed south of Grindavík.

On his blog, Sigurðsson even pondered what a new island should be called.

Looking at recent aerial photographs of Grindavík this week, he said he saw two fissures that run parallel just west of the town, about 200 meters apart.

He said old images taken by the US army in 1954 also show the cracks. Nevertheless, the town was built up around them.

‘We see it on the aerial photographs of the American army from 1954, and there it is clear. But the district manager has not been thinking about this at the time. It was just old cracks and no reason for them to be wondering about it. It [the town] was just built on top of this,’ he told the newspaper.

‘That was just the mentality. But now it’s a bit more of a problem.’

The significant deformation underway in the area of Grindavík (1.3 meters in less than twelve hours) is causing significant damage to the ghost town's infrastructure. Some buildings were literally cut in two. City pipes were also damaged.

Earlier in the week, scientists revealed to MailOnline just how big an eruption of the Fagradalsfjall volcano could be, and if it could rival that of Eyjafjallajokull, which saw 50,000 flights cancelled and 8 million passengers affected.

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Icelandic peninsula faces ‘decades’ of instability, country’s Met Office warns

Iceland’s south-west peninsula could see decades of instability, the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) has warned.

Earthquakes and growing fears of a huge impending eruption mark the start of a new ‘eruptive cycle’, the IMO’s Matthew Roberts told the BBC.

Eruptions on the Reykjanes Peninsula began again in 2021 after an 800-year hiatus, and thousands of people have now been evacuated.

‘We expect to see volcanic eruptions along the peninsula, not just repeatedly in the same location,’ Dr Roberts told the British broadcaster.

Instability could last decades, he added.

His team made the shocking realisation last Friday that magma was coursing into the ground and fracturing rock over a nine-mile distance.

The expert said the magma cut through the ground beneath Grindavik ‘almost like an underground freight train.’ Images have since shown fissures appearing in the ground, and further damage to buildings and roads is expected.

Western parts of Grindavik have also sunk into the ground.

An aerial view of the town of Grindavik, which was evacuated due to volcanic activity, in Iceland, November 15, 2023. Icelandic Coast Guard/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT

Iceland Volcano LIVE: What you need to know on November 17

Good morning and welcome to MailOnline’s live coverage of the impending volcanic eruption in Iceland. Here’s what you need to know today:

  • The Nordic country continues to brace itself for a potentially massive eruption that some fear could see a repeat of the flight chaos of 2010.
  • Iceland has declared a state of emergency and had evacuated 4,000 residents from the town of Grindavik, on the south-west coast.
  • The town, which sits between Iceland’s capital Reykjavik and its international airport, is located near the Fagradalsfjall volcano.
  • Scientists have warned molten magma has been building up three miles underneath Grindavik, and could be rising to 800 meters beneath the surface.
  • Recent days have seen hundreds of earthquakes and fissures opening in the ground. Experts warn an eruption could take place in days or even hours.
A police officer stands by the crack in a road in the fishing town of Grindavik, which was evacuated due to volcanic activity, in Iceland November 15, 2023. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
Key Updates

  • Icelandic peninsula faces ‘decades’ of instability, country’s Met Office warns
  • Iceland Volcano LIVE: What you need to know on November 17



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