Old Geothermal Borehole in Krýsuvík Bursts Skip to content

Old Geothermal Borehole in Krýsuvík Bursts

Those who have visited the geothermal area Seltún in Krýsuvík lately have noticed that geothermal holes that were drilled in the 1950s have become active again.


From Krýsuvík. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

Ómar Smári Ármannsson who passed through the area recently told Morgunbladid that clay burst out of one hole after it began snowing last week and loud thuds near the hole indicate that it might burst again.

The hole has been fenced off but Ármansson said it is necessary to take further security measures as Seltún is among the country’s most frequented tourist attractions. Not long ago there was a steam explosion in another borehole in the area.

In October 1999 one of these holes exploded loudly. Mud spread as far as 700 meters and the hole formed a crater measuring 43 meters in diameter.

A shed located 100 meters from the hole was damaged in the explosion; windows were shattered and a large rock fell through the roof.

Click here to watch an audio slideshow about Krýsuvík.

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