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Power Restored to Grindavík

By Yelena

The Reykjanes eruption on May 31, 2024
Photo: Art Bicnick. The Reykjanes eruption on May 31, 2024.

Power was restored to the town of Grindavík in Southwest Iceland around 11:00 PM yesterday evening. An ongoing eruption heavily damaged power lines to the town last week. Crews worked day and night to lay a new 4 km [2.5 mi] line that will temporarily provide the town with electricity.

On May 29 around 12:45 PM, an eruption began north of Grindavík, the fifth eruption in the area since December. Energy company HS Orka cut power to the town just after 3:00 PM as lava was flowing towards a high-voltage transmission line. An hour later, poles supporting the overhead line that transports electricity from Svartsengi Power Station to Grindavík were in flames.

New line is temporary and has less capacity

The new, temporary power line does not have the same capacity as the one that was destroyed, but should be able to fulfill the town’s current demand. Grindavík has been largely evacuated of residents since seismic activity heavily damaged the town in November 2023. Several businesses are still operating in the town, however, particularly in the harbour area, and have had to rely on backup generators for the past week.

HS Veitur. An electricity pole damaged by lava.

The eruption has decreased in intensity since it began just over a week ago, but shows no signs of stopping. It does not impact international travel to and from Iceland.

Watch a video of the eruption below.

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