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Police Reassess Grindavík Risks

By Steindor Gretar Jonsson

Grindavík crevasse
Photo: Grindavík.

The Reykjanes police commissioner will maintain the restrictions for access to Grindavík that have been in place for the last five weeks, despite the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management’s order to evacuate having expired yesterday. The situation is being reassessed, RÚV reports.

The January 14 volcanic eruption near Grindavík destroyed three houses, caused crevasses to form across town, and displaced the 3,800 inhabitants for the foreseeable future. The town had already been evacuated once before, on November 10 last year, due to seismic activity. The latest eruption on February 8 damaged a hot water pipeline, cutting off heating for Reykjanes homes.

Eruption risks remain

Access to Grindavík will be controlled by the Reykjanes police commissioner going forward. According to the Icelandic Meteorological Office, there is still major risk of crevasses in Grindavík, while crustal uplift by nearby Svartsengi continues and likelihood of further eruptions remains.

“The conclusion of the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management’s crevasse risk assessment is that stay and work activities in Grindavík are acceptable in light of the countermeasures in place,” the department announced in a notice. Dangerous areas of the town have been fenced off and access to them limited.

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