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Staff at Svartsengi Geothermal Station Asked to Stay Home

Staff at the Svartsengi Geothermal Power Station were asked not to report to work today, RÚV states.

The decision by HS Orka, the company which operates the Svartsengi Geothermal Power Station, was made following changes in local boreholes which may be indicative of impending volcanic activity.

Employees not to report to work

Birna Lárusdóttir, a representative for HS Orka, confirmed this in a statement to RÚV today.

However, Civil Protection authorities say there are no indications of a volcanic eruption.

The evacuation of the Svartsengi Geothermal Power Station is not unprecedented. It has been evacuated numerous times during the Reykjanes eruptions and is capable of operating remotely for extended periods of time.

Power production is not believed to be threatened at the moment.

Blue Lagoon not evacuated

At the time of writing, operations continue as usual for the popular tourist destination, the Blue Lagoon.

Helga Árnadóttir, director of sales, management, and service for the Blue Lagoon, stated to RÚV that no evacuation orders have come from Civil Protection.

“We always keep a close watch and follow everything that Civil Protection and the Meteorological Office say,” Helga stated to RÚV.

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