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Public Urged to Stay Away from Eruption

Suðurnes police are urging people not to walk to the active Sundhnúksgígar volcano on foot. There is risk that ongoing eruption increases in power or that a new crater opens up nearby, RÚV reports.

Four eruptions have taken place in the area during this round of activity. The first one was in December, the second one in January, the third one in February and the latest one began on March 16 and has been ongoing since. The nearby town of Grindavík has sustained serious damage to infrastructure and three houses were destroyed by lava.

A second crater possible

According to Benedikt Ófeigsson with the Icelandic Meteorological Office, there is a great deal of uncertainty about what happens next. The magma chamber under Sundhnúkar has been filling up, which in the past has resulted in a magma intrusion or volcanic eruption.

“We haven’t seen this before, both an eruption and crustal uplift at the same time,” Benedikt said. “So there’s a great deal of uncertainty about what happens.”

He added that there would be no way of alerting people in the vicinity if a second crater opened up near the active one. “A two to three kilometre crevice could open up on short notice, which could create a dangerous situation.”

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