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Photo: Golli. January 2024 eruption by Grindavík.

New Eruption Begins in Reykjanes

At 8:22 PM Icelandic time this evening, the Icelandic Met Office released a statement saying that due to increased seismic activity and ground surface distortions in the area between Hagafell and Stóra-Skógfell, they believed it likely that an eruption would occur.

An eruption began one minute later, RÚV reports, in what is now being described as the most powerful of the recent Reykjanes eruptions. This marks the fourth eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula since last December.

Lava later began flowing in two main flows, from a fissure about three kilometres long: one to the west, towards Grindavíkurvegur, and another flowing south, reaching the lava of the previous eruption, as well as the earthen walls to the north of Grindavík, which diverted the lava flow from the town. Both the Blue Lagoon and Grindavík have been evacuated.

Speaking to Vísir, volcanologist Þorvaldur Þórðarson said that he estimated that this eruption would peak in about an hour or two. This statement was made at around 9:00 PM Icelandic time. Generally, more powerful eruptions tend to dissipate quicker than slower eruptions.

As always, please do not approach the eruption site, nor stop on Reykjanesbraut to view the eruption better.

At 9:40 PM Icelandic time, the Icelandic Met Office posted the following photo, taken by the Icelandic Coast Guard:

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