Another eruption in Iceland ‘more likely with each passing day’ as contemporary cracks kind in Grindavik | EUROtoday

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The Icelandic Met Office has issued new warnings of one other doable eruption as contemporary cracks have been noticed close to the city of Grindavik.

After weeks of anticipation, an eruption started on 18 December on the Reykjanes peninsula in southwest Iceland, throwing 100m of ash and lava into the air.

Although the unique eruption at Sundhnúkagígar crater row has ended, the Met Office has revealed the chance of one other eruption is rising with every passing day.

Experts mentioned that the bottom had continued to rise following the eruption and has now reached the identical top it was earlier than the earlier eruption final Monday.

“As magma accumulation continues under Svartsengi, the likelihood of another magma intrusion and an eruption increases with each passing day,” they mentioned.

“At the GPS station Svartsengi (SENG), the land has now reached a similar height as measured just before the eruption on 18 December. The rate of uplift since 18 December has remained constant, which is different from the situation before the last eruption, where uplift slowed in the days before the eruption.”

Large cracks shaped in Grindavik after a flurry of seismic exercise

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They added that the following eruption will seemingly happen within the Sundhnúkur crater as soon as once more, between Stóra-Skógfell and Hagafell.

It comes as new cracks appeared nearer Grindavik in current days. Local media reported that contemporary and wider fissures have shaped close to the city which was evacuated a number of weeks in the past.

The city was saved from the brunt of the final eruption as lava started to stream in one other course, however the city nonetheless stays in danger based on the Met Office’s newest hazard map.

When requested whether or not one other eruption is probably going, Páll Einarsson, professor emeritus on the University of Iceland’s Earth Sciences division, advised native media: “It’s quite obvious, considering what’s going on.”

“It’s not necessarily certain that there will be an eruption, but it’s quite clear that the magma chamber is collecting magma. That’s not a matter of dispute.”

The well-known Blue Lagoon Spa was compelled to shut simply in the future after it re-opened final week when the eruption started and have prolonged their momentary closure till the brand new 12 months following the brand new warnings.

Keflavik International Airport, close to Reykjavik, stays open.