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MET Office: Likelihood of Volcanic Eruption Remains “High”

The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management will hold a press conference at 11 AM to address the ongoing geological unrest on the Reykjanes peninsula and the response of the authorities. The Icelandic MET Office still believes that there is a high likelihood of a volcanic eruption.

120 homeowners to be granted access

Since midnight, the Reykjanes peninsula has experienced 460 earthquakes, with the strongest reaching a magnitude of 2.7, RÚV reports. The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management is holding a press conference at 11 AM today to update the public on the ongoing geological unrest in the area.

Starting at 9 AM today, homeowners from Grindavík, who had registered on Island.is and received notifications, were allowed access to their properties via Suðurstrandavegur (as opposed to Grindavíkurvegur). This access is permitted until 3 PM, after which businesses will be allowed entry. A total of 120 homeowners are expected to be allowed into Grindavík today.

According to RÚV, information from an Icelandic MET Office interferogram indicates accelerated land uplift near the Svartsengi area. The MET Office still believes that there is a “high likelihood” of an impending volcanic eruption.

A range of officials, including government ministers, local government representatives, Grindavík municipal staff, the National Police Commissioner, and emergency response teams, will be available at the Grindavík residents’ service centre at the Toll House (Tollahúsið) on Tryggvagata 19 in downtown Reykjavík from 4 to 5 PM today.

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