Lava Flow from Grindavík Fissures Stops Skip to content

Lava Flow from Grindavík Fissures Stops

By Steindor Gretar Jonsson

No activity has been observed in the fissures north of Grindavík since 1:08 AM this morning and the volcanic eruption seems to have petered out, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office. The situation will be assessed in the daily meeting of scientists later this morning, Vísir reports.

The southern fissure that opened up near Grindavik had ceased erupting yesterday, having claimed three houses in town. Lava still flowed from the northern fissure, but protective barriers that had been built to divert the lava flow away from the town had proven effective. This flow now appears to have stopped.

New crevasses forming

“There are many new crevasses in Grindavík,” Elísabet Pálmadóttir from the Icelandic Meteorological Office told Vísir this morning. “The police was in contact with us in the night. They had been flying drones over the area and taking photos of new and growing crevasses. It’s devastating.”

She added that the ground is constantly shifting, with new crevasses emerging while others grow larger. Considerable damage has been done to the town so far. Grindavík is without electricity, hot water, and cold water, and lava has reportedly poured over water piping to the area.

Helping Grindavík

There are numerous ways in which you can provide support for the people of Grindavík, even if you do not live in Iceland. The Icelandic Red Cross has set up a page with donation options for those wishing to lend support. This includes both one-time donations and repeat subscriptions.

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