Lava-Related Cable Failure Leads to Blackout in Grindavík

A main cable failure under lava caused a power outage in Grindavík since 7:15 AM, with efforts underway using Landsnet’s backup generator for restoration. Despite challenges, authorities expect electricity to return later today after last weekend’s disruption due to a nearby eruption.

Landsnet’s backup generator to be moved to Grindavík

Electricity went out in Grindavík at 8 AM this morning when a main cable (i.e. trunk feeder), which is under lava, failed. Work is underway to restore electricity to the town.

“Electricity has been out since 7:15 this morning, and it seems that the main cable lying under the lava from Svartsengi to Grindavík has failed,” Sigrún Inga Ævarsdóttir, information officer with the utility company HS Veitur (which oversees electricity distribution in Grindavík) told Vísir this morning

She noted that efforts were being made to restore power using a backup generator from Landsnet, a public transmission system operator.

As noted by RÚV, HS Veitur had begun preparations for the connection of an overhead line as soon as the cable went under the lava. That work is, however, yet to be completed.

Expect electricity to be restored later today

“We are moving Landsnet’s backup generator back to town,” Hjördís Guðmundsdóttir, public relations manager with the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, stated, expecting electricity to be restored later today. “We are working on this. It will likely take some time to connect the backup generator, but hopefully, electricity will be back on then,” Hjördís added.

Electricity and hot water were cut off from Grindavík last weekend when an eruption began near the town, and the town was subsequently evacuated. Hot water and electricity had been restored to most of the town when the power went out again this morning. 

The formation of new crevasses in Grindavík has made the situation increasingly precarious in the town. 

Iceland’s Hopes of a Medal Dashed

Iceland men’s national handball team lost to Germany in their main round match-up of the 2024 European men’s handball championship yesterday. The defeat means that the team now has no chance of climbing the standings to reach the knockout rounds and compete for a medal.

Iceland still has a chance of winning enough games to secure a spot in the Olympics qualifiers to be held in March. They must win at least two of their last three games for that to be possible, Morgunblaðið reports. Reaching the qualifiers is Iceland’s last chance to compete for a berth at this year’s Summer Olympics in France.

A tough defeat

The match took place at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, with rivals Germany enjoying home court advantage as hosts of the tournament. Germany led by one goal at half-time, but when 10 minutes were left, Iceland took its first lead of the game. By the end, Germany pulled back in front and held on to their lead. Iceland’s top scorer was Janus Daði Smárason with six goals. Juri Knorr scored six for Germany as well.

“I’m hurt, upset, and bummed out,” coach Snorri Steinn Guðjónsson told Morgunblaðið after the game. “At the same time, I’m proud of the boys.”

Icelandic record broken

Iceland will face France Saturday, Croatia Monday and Austria Wednesday. Iceland needs at least two victories against these tough opponents to reach the Olympics qualifiers and must secure more points than at least one of Austria, Portugal, Slovenia and the Netherlands to stand a chance.

An Icelandic record was broken yesterday when France’s 40-year old Nikola Karabatic scored his 289th goal in his European championship career. The record for most goals in the tournament was previously held by retired Iceland player Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson, who scored 288 competition goals during his illustrious handball career.

Iceland News Review: Eruption Near Grindavík, Reykjavík’s New Mayor And More!


In this episode of Iceland News Review, we go in-depth on last Sunday’s eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula and what this could mean for the people of Grindavík. Can they ever return and if not, where will they live? How will the government help them? There’s a lot of options on the table.

Also, Reykjavík has a new mayor with an historic twist; good news for Palestinian children in Iceland; one town stands out as having the highest per capita immigrant population; along with weather, road conditions, and much more!

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