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Iceland Town Evacuated Amid Warnings Of Volcanic Eruptions

By  Abril Elfi 


Residents of a town in Iceland have been evacuated as warnings of a volcanic eruption emerge and cracks open across the main roads. 

Roughly 3,400 residents were evacuated from Grindavik, Iceland on Saturday after they were permitted to re-enter their homes Thursday and Friday to acquire essential needs, as officials warn that a volcanic eruption is expected, and earthquakes continue to tremble portions of the island.

Grindavik was first evacuated a week ago as magma rumbled beneath the earth, causing hundreds of earthquakes.

It has left a crack that has shoved the ground upward by 1 meter (3 feet) or more in certain areas.

According to the Icelandic Meteorological Office, there is a “significant likelihood” that an eruption will occur anywhere along the 9-mile magma conduit, with the “prime location” north of Grindavik near the Hagafell mountain.

The meteorological office reported 800 earthquakes registered overnight Wednesday, the majority of which occurred near a magma dyke in Sundhnk at a depth of 3 1.86 to 3.10 miles.

Furthermore, observations of deformation, changes in the shape of a volcanic landscape’s surface, are “consistent with magma still flowing into the dyke,” it noted.

Official’s say sulfur dioxide measurements revealed a “fluctuating degassing due to the magma dyke, but further measurements are needed for confirmation.”

The report states, since midnight Friday, 500 earthquakes have been reported around the dyke intrusion…


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