VOLCANIC ERUPTION ON THE REYKJANES PENINSULA

A recent fissure volcanic eruption commenced near Hagafell and Stóra-Skógfell on the Reykjanes Peninsula at 8:23 PM on March 16. This event represents the fourth such occurrence in the region since December 2023.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • Flight operations to and from Iceland remain unaffected; Iceland continues to be a safe travel option.
  • The impact of the volcanic eruption is confined to the vicinity of the eruption itself, resulting in some road closures but posing no danger to the public.
  • Regular operations of all services within Iceland continue without interruption.
  • The intensity of the volcanic activity has significantly diminished, but it’s still active. However, it may conclude shortly.

SURVEILLANCE AND SAFETY MEASURES

An international team of geoscientists is rigorously observing the situation, supported by Iceland’s sophisticated systems for volcanic readiness and instantaneous monitoring. The foremost concern is maintaining safety and ensuring uninterrupted daily life and tourism in Iceland.

REYKJANES PENINSULA VOLCANIC ACTIVITY

Since October of the previous year, there has been a noticeable uptick in geophysical disturbances in the vicinity, as monitored by The Icelandic Meteorological Office. These disturbances have led to several volcanic eruptions near Grindavík. To ensure the safety of its inhabitants, the town has undergone evacuations with short periods of return since November 10th. Currently, the volcanic activity does not present a direct risk to the population, and no additional evacuations are deemed necessary.

Iceland has a rich history of managing volcanic incidents, with three eruptions recorded in the area of the Reykjanes Peninsula in 2021, 2022, and 2023. Iceland is well-prepared for such natural events, supported by globally recognized volcanic response strategies. The expertise of Iceland’s geoscientists in handling volcanic phenomena is unparalleled.

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