The search continues for a man who is believed to have fallen into a crevasse in Grindavík, Southwest Iceland, yesterday morning. The man was working to fill the crevasses formed by earthquakes and volcanic activity in November of last year. Conditions at the site are difficult and risky.
Police received reports of the accident yesterday between 10:00 and 11:00 AM, according to a notice from Suðurnes Police. According to the notice, the ground beneath some work equipment at the site gave way and the man fell into a deep crevasse that opened as a result. There were no witnesses at the scene.
When the accident occurred, the man was working in Grindavík’s Vesturhóp street to fill a crevasse. The work was intended to ensure the safety of the environs and the security of a house that was located nearby.
Eruption over, risk of another looming
The town of Grindavík was evacuated on November 10 amid powerful seismic activity. Earthquakes and the formation of a magma dike under the town have opened crevasses and damaged roads, homes, and infrastructure in and around Grindavík. A short, but powerful eruption occurred northeast of the town between December 18 and 21 and volcanologists say that another could occur soon.