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Iceland’s Latest Eruption Continues at Lower Intensity

By Yelena

eruption lava volcano Reykjanes eruption May 2024
Photo: Art Bicnick.

The eruption that began yesterday around 12:45 PM on the Reykjanes peninsula continues but it has decreased considerably in intensity, RÚV reports. It is the eighth eruption on Southwest Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula since 2021 and the fifth in the area north of Grindavík since December. The eruption has no impact on international travel through Iceland.

Yesterday morning, the town of Grindavík, the Blue Lagoon, and Svartsengi Power Station were evacuated as seismic activity indicated an eruption was imminent. What began shortly afterwards was the most powerful eruption the area has experienced since activity began in 2021. The eruption has already decreased in intensity since then, however.

Lava from the eruption cut off two roads yesterday, Grindavíkurvegur and Nesvegur, but lava barriers have successfully prevented it from entering the town of Grindavík. Gas from the eruption is minimal and has not impacted air quality in the Reykjavík capital area. Experts say that no other roads or infrastructure are at risk for the time being.

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

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