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Photo: Grindavík before the latest eruption / Photo by Art Bicnick..

Limited Reentry to Grindavík, Overnight Stays Discouraged

The eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula remains stable with limited seismic activity. Business owners and residents in Grindavík will be allowed to enter the town today, but authorities advise against overnight stays due to gas pollution and the proximity of lava to protective barriers.

Advise against overnight stays

Business owners and residents in Grindavík are permitted to enter the town today. In an interview with RÚV this morning, Úlfar Lúðvíksson, Police Chief of Suðurnes, advised against overnight stays.

“The night was calm, and the number of responders in Grindavík was minimal, but we always maintain the same level of readiness in the town. There is a police presence around the clock,” Úlfar observed.

Úlfar added that individuals affiliated with local businesses could enter Grindavík today to save valuables as they did yesterday. He also expects residents who urgently need to enter Grindavík to have the opportunity.

“Residents should be aware that there is gas pollution in the town. Lava is close to the protective barriers on the western side of the town, so I strongly advise against staying overnight,” Úlfar stated.

No significant changes

No significant changes occurred in the eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula overnight. Seismic activity in the area is limited, and the volcanic tremor (gosórói) has remained relatively stable.

According to information received by Vísir from the Icelandic Meteorological Office lava continues to flow into the same pond as it did yesterday, although visibility deteriorated somewhat late yesterday night.

Speaking to yesterday, Benedikt Gunnar Ófeigsson, head of deformation measurements at the Icelandic Meteorological Office, estimated the rate of lava flow at approximately 50 cubic metres per second.

In an interview with this morning, Böðvar Sveinsson, a natural hazards specialist with the Icelandic Meteorological Office, stated that no further information was available on the rate of lava flow as of this morning.

In a Facebook post yesterday, the South Iceland Volcano and Natural Hazard Group (Eldfjalla- og náttúruvárhópur Suðurlands) published a map of the lava spread.


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