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Lava and plumes from the May 2024 eruption in Reykjanes
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Response Level Lowered as Volcanic Eruption Stabilises

The national police commissioner has downgraded the Civil Protection Emergency Level due to the Sundhnúksgígar volcanic eruption in the Reykjanes Peninsula. The situation is now considered more stable than when the eruption began on Wednesday, RÚV reports.

Decrease in lava flow

The level has been downgraded from Emergency Phase to Alert Phase as the eruption has stabilised and lava flow is contained to a specific area, according to scientists with the Iceland Meteorological Office. The first four hours of the eruption saw a great deal of lava flow, which has since decreased.

The nearby town of Grindavík was evacuated as the eruption began and no one is believed to have stayed there overnight, according to Úlfar Lúðvíksson, chief of police. He added that the area has been closed off from people attempting to approach the volcanic fissure, according to a RÚV report.

The Blue Lagoon, a popular spa and tourist destination in the area, will reopen tomorrow, Mbl.is reports.

Similar to the last eruption

Geophysics Professor Emeritus Páll Einarsson said that the eruption seemed to have stabilised. “This eruption looks to have found a path similar to what the last eruption did after the first day before it continued on for 50 days,” he said.

It’s unclear, however, how long this eruption will continue. “The weather hasn’t offered us good visibility to see the fissure so we’re relying on measurements to show us what the situation is,” Páll said.

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