A large crevasse was discovered beneath the Hópið sports hall in Grindavík yesterday. Residents were allowed to salvage valuables amid ongoing efforts to map the crevasse and heightened risks of an eruption.
Crevasse under Grindavík sports hall
A giant crevasse was discovered yesterday beneath the sports hall Hópið in the town of Grindavík on the Reykjanes peninsula. The authorities were aware that the building had suffered significant damage from the recent geological unrest in the area — most notably on November 10 — with cracks running up the structure and a subsidence hollow surrounding the sports hall.
Yesterday, special forces personnel rappelled into Hópið and peeled back the artificial turf on the indoor football field to further assess the damage. They discovered a deep and wide crevasse. According to the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, the extent of the crevasse is not yet clear; it will be more thoroughly investigated soon.
As noted by Vísir, efforts to map the crevasses in Grindavík have been ongoing. Residents and business owners were allowed into Grindavík yesterday to salvage valuables. The risk of lava flows and volcanic eruptions is still considered high, with the estimated volume of magma under Svartsengi having reached the lower limit of what is believed to have accumulated there prior to the last eruption.
On Monday, reporters were allowed to visit Grindavík for the first time in three weeks under supervision. As noted by Vísir, the visit revealed the community in its winter setting, residents’ trucks bustling with household goods, and a single boat in the harbour. Work on protective barriers remains ongoing.
40 earthquakes since midnight
About 40 earthquakes have been recorded in the Svartsengi area on the Reykjanes peninsula since midnight. This is a similar number to recent days. Salóme Jórunn Bernharðsdóttir, a natural hazards specialist at the Icelandic Meteorological Office, told Mbl.is that all of the earthquakes were about or below M1 and that there have been no changes in the area overnight.