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Volcanic Activity In Reykjanes Calm For Now

By Andie Sophia Fontaine

Photo: Iceland Met Office. Map detailing eruption “danger areas” in and around Grindavík.

Despite all indications that yet another eruption was about to kick off in Reykjanes yesterday, the situation has returned to one of relative calm, with one natural hazards expert describing it as “as normal as it gets”.

As reported, significant movement of magma in the Svartsengi area, coupled with seismic activity and ground surface rising, led many scientists to believe that an eruption was mere hours away. Even the Blue Lagoon and Grindavík were evacuated in anticipation of an eruption.

However, natural hazards expert Hildur María Friðriksdóttir told Vísir today that all magma movement under the surface has stopped, while at the same time cautioning that the situation could change.

RÚV reports that while some seismic activity was recorded in the area yesterday evening, this had more or less ceased by seven in the evening.

The evacuation of the Blue Lagoon and Grindavík are still in effect. A new assessment of the situation will be conducted tomorrow.

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