Latest Volcano Activity Information

UPDATE: February 9 at 15:30 UTC
No eruptive activity was observed in a drone-flight over the eruptive site carried out at noon today (9 February) by the Special Unit of the National Police Commissioner. This suggests that the eruption is over.

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A new fissure eruption started on Thursday, February 8th on the Reykjanes Peninsula. 

The Reykjanes water distribution system has been damaged in the eruption and local authorities have instructed everyone in the area to stop all use of water until further notice.

Our operations are still running, however this means we are not able to use our car washing facilities and therefore not able to deliver the cars in the condition we would like. 

 

  • The eruption's effects are confined to the town and the immediate area surrounding the eruption site. All services in Iceland are operating normally.

  • There is no disruption to air traffic and flights to and from Iceland are operating on schedule,

  • Authorities request people stay away from the area and do not attempt to walk to the eruption site. All roads to the area are closed.

 

Since October 24, 2023, scientists at the Icelandic Meteorological Office have been carefully monitoring increased seismic activity on the Reykjanes Peninsula, which is considered a possible precursor to a volcanic eruption in the area. 

The area has been evacuated and is closed. Authorities request that people do not attempt to walk to the eruption site. Many crevasses have formed in the area, along with unseen hazards and search and rescue teams are occupied.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office, The National Police Commissioner, The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, and a team of scientists from the University of Iceland are closely monitoring this situation and are constantly analyzing developments based on the best scientific data available.

Iceland is situated on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates diverge, making it one of the most active volcanic regions in the world. Regular seismic events, ranging from minor tremors to significant earthquakes, are a characteristic feature of Iceland's geology. Seismic activity in Iceland is often due to magma movement beneath the earth's crust and tectonic plate movements. These geological actions sometimes result in magma seeking the easiest path to the surface and thereby becoming a volcanic eruption.

Iceland is no stranger to volcanic activity. Four eruptions have occurred on the Reykjanes Peninsula in the last three years. Icelandic authorities and the public are highly prepared for such events, and Iceland has some of the world's most effective volcanic preparedness measures. Iceland's geoscientists possess vast experience in dealing with volcanic activities.

 

Visit the sites below for more useful information:

Safetravel – with all general information on safety in the area and Iceland

Icelandic Road Authority - road closures in the Southwest region near Grindavík

Icelandic Meteorological Office - detailed updates from experts


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