Title: Ongoing Volcanic Activity on Reykjanes Peninsula: Decreasing Eruption Risks Near Grindavík
REYKJAVIK, Iceland — Recent geological observations on the Reykjanes Peninsula, particularly near Sýlingarfell and Hagafell, indicate a persistent phase of volcanic activity, with significant land uplift and deformation occurring in the region. According to the latest updates from the Icelandic Meteorological Office, there is a notable decrease in the likelihood of an eruption in Grindavík, though risks remain elsewhere on the peninsula.
The area near Grindavík and Svartsengi has been under close observation due to continuous land deformation and the influx of magma. Approximately 90 minor earthquakes were recorded near the Grindavík magma intrusion last night, signalling ongoing subterranean movements. Despite this, trends suggest a gradual reduction in land deformation.
Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir, a natural disaster expert at the Icelandic Meteorological Office, emphasized the complexity of the current geological scenario. “We’re looking at a multifaceted interplay of natural forces here. It appears that the uplift at Svartsengi is becoming a dominant factor,” she stated.
Another significant development is the seismic swarm detected the night before, with nearly 200 tremors occurring within a short timeframe at depths of 3-5 kilometres. This activity is seen as an indication of increased pressure from magma movement beneath the surface.
New modelling data has led to an interesting revelation: part of the magma within the intrusion might be wider than previously estimated, and its solidification could span several months. Despite these findings, the likelihood of an eruption, albeit reduced, is not dismissed. “Our updated assessments suggest that if an eruption occurs, it is most likely to happen north of Grindavík, in the vicinity of Sýlingarfell,” Kristjánsdóttir explained. “The probability of an eruption directly affecting Grindavík is diminishing.”
The Icelandic Meteorological Office monitors the situation closely and advises residents and visitors in the region to stay informed of the latest developments. This ongoing volcanic activity is a stark reminder of Iceland’s dynamic and ever-changing geological landscape.
For more information and updates, please visit the Icelandic Meteorological Office’s website.