Volcanic activity continues to be in full swing Iceland. Last Sunday (14), a volcano erupted in the southeast of the country near a fishing village in the city of Grindavik.
According to the Icelandic Meteorological Agency (IMO), the lava spread over the surrounding area and reached houses.
This is the fifth volcanic eruption in the country in the last three years. The last incident occurred on December 18, 2023, also in Grindavik.
This time the seismic activity began at night. The intensity increased sharply and residents of the region were evacuated from their homes around 3 a.m. local time (12 a.m. in Brasília).
Start of the outbreak
Iceland lives with the danger of volcanic eruptions Photo: Internet/Reproduction
According to the records, the Volcanic eruption It started around 8am north of Grindavik. The city is 40 kilometers from the capital Reykjavik and has around 4,000 inhabitants.
The volcanic activity was recorded by surveillance cameras, images showing the extent of the problem. Large flows of lava emerged and spread through a fissure.
Since it is a small town, relief and displacement efforts are easier. As a precautionary measure, Grindavik was completely evacuated on November 11th.
There were several in the days leading up to this final episode earthquake, caused by the displacement of magma beneath the Earth's crust. The local community has become accustomed to living with these signs.
Technicians and rescuers now oversee the Svartsengi geothermal power plant, located in the same area and responsible for providing water and electricity to around 30,000 people. The site's facilities are protected by a wall.
Iceland lies on an island between tectonic plates (North American and Eurasian). This makes the region one of the most vulnerable to volcanic activity on the planet. There are currently 33 volcanoes cataloged as active in the country.