Earthquake locations in Iceland revealed as volcanic eruption alert issued – set

Earthquake locations in Iceland revealed as volcanic eruption alert issued – set

Iceland is experiencing an earthquake swarm as well 2800 earthquake It struck the country within just 48 hours, raising fears of a volcanic eruption.

Residents felt most of the tremors on the Reykjanes Peninsula in the southwest of the country, where small earthquakes were felt daily for more than two weeks due to the accumulation of volcanic magma three miles underground.

Thousands have been asked to evacuate the town of Grindavik as a precaution as a magma tunnel extends beneath the surface.

The UK Foreign Office has updated its travel advice, warning that volcanic eruptions are increasingly likely.

The official warning read: “Earthquakes and indicators of volcanic activity have increased above normal levels on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwest of Reykjavik.

Earthquakes surround the southwest of the country

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“The Icelandic authorities continue to closely monitor the area, especially the area northwest of Mount Thorbjörn near the Svartsingi power station and the Blue Lagoon. On 10 November, a civil protection alert was announced after a severe cluster of earthquakes occurred.

“The town of Grindavik has been evacuated as a precaution. Some roads have been closed and visitors are advised to stay away from the area.

The “Bridge between the Continents”, a pedestrian bridge connecting the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates

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“Keflavik International Airport is operating as usual. Although there is no current eruption, it is increasingly likely that one will occur.

“You should monitor local media for updates and follow the advice of authorities on travel to the area.”

The quakes hit an area just 10 miles south of Iceland’s main airport, Keflavik International Airport, but the UK Foreign Office said travel could continue.

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But it stopped short of warning against travel to the country, as flights from the UK are still continuing.

Airlines and holiday companies are operating flights as normal, meaning passengers do not have the automatic right to cancel their plans.

Iceland is highly vulnerable to natural disasters because it lies on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge – a divergent plate boundary where the North American plate and the Eurasian plate are moving away from each other, leading to volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

The highest concentration of earthquakes surrounds the city of Grindavík where an evacuation order has been issued for residents

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Experts are still unclear about the extent of the growing volcanic threat.

“There is still a lot of uncertainty about what the scientific data tells us about underground magma infiltration,” Dr. Evgenia Ilinskaya, associate professor at the University of Leeds’ School of Earth and Environment, previously shared on Twitter. #Grindavik But the general consensus is that infiltration is greater than seen in recent explosions.

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