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Eruption Begins on Reykjanes Peninsula, North of Grindavík

A volcanic eruption has begun northeast of Sýlingafell on the Reykjanes peninsula, as confirmed by the Icelandic Meteorological Office. The town of Grindavík, the Blue Lagoon, and the Svartsengi Power Station were successfully evacuated this morning.

Eruption begins in Sunhnúksgígaröð

An eruption has begun northeast of Sýlingafell on the Reykjanes peninsula, according to an announcement from the Icelandic Meteorological Office. “A volcanic eruption has begun near Sundhnúkar, north of Grindavík. It is visible on webcams and appears to be located northeast of Sýlingafell.”

As noted by the MET Office, the eruption plumes reach at least 50 metres in height, and the length of the fissure appears to be over 1 kilometre. A Coast Guard helicopter is expected to take off shortly to confirm the exact location and size of the eruption. Vísir reports that the current eruption appears to be taking place at the same location as the previous eruption.

“More detailed information will be available soon,” the announcement from the MET Office states. “The aviation colour code has been raised to red until further details about ash dispersion are available.”

The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, in consultation with the Chief of Police in Suðurnes, has decided to declare a state of emergency due to the volcanic eruption, Vísir reports.

Grindavík and the Blue Lagoon evacuated

As reported by IR this morning, increased seismic activity near the Sundhnúkar craters on the Reykjanes peninsula earlier today indicated a possible imminent volcanic eruption.

Evacuations subsequently began in Grindavík, where police and emergency responders assisted residents, primarily workers in the harbour area, to leave safely. The Blue Lagoon and the Svartsengi Power Station were also successfully evacuated.

Read More: Grindavík, Blue Lagoon Evacuated as Eruption Appears Imminent

Additional information on tourist safety

For more information on tourist safety on the Reykjanes peninsula, see our latest In Focus Article.

“With four eruptions in the Sundhnúkagígar crater system during this spell, it’s no wonder that prospective tourists have been asking themselves if it’s still safe to visit Iceland. The short answer is ‘yes, absolutely.’ The long answer is ‘yes, but use common sense!’”

You can watch a video of our visit to the eruption area here.

This article was updated at 1:14 PM

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