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Eruption Could Go Off Any Time

Seismic activity in Reykjanes is giving every indication that an eruption could occur at any moment. Scientists believe it will go off at roughly the same location as before, Sundhnúksgígaröð.

Rising ground levels

Speaking to Stöð 2, Víðir Reynisson of Civic Protection told reporters that since the fourth eruption on March 16th, activity appeared to be calming. Although the eruption has been steady, there were no indications that activity was increasing.

That changed in early April, as the ground surface began to rise again. This is a typical sign of magma gathering beneath the surface of the earth. The rising has reached a level where now an eruption is predicted to occur at any moment.

Unlikely to erupt elsewhere

Benedikt Ófeigsson, a geophysicist at the Icelandic Met Office, told RÚV he considers it unlikely that the eruption will occur anywhere else but where it already is, Sundhnúksgígaröð. As such, it may erupt near Grindavík or Svartsengi.

As it stands now, scientists are monitoring the situation closely.

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