Emergency Measures Launched As Volcano Prepares To Blow

Wednesday, Icelandic officials warned that hundreds of tremors in the region indicate a “high” risk of a volcanic eruption.

Icelandic authorities have reportedly dispatched a big bulldozer to the area threatened by the volcano to prevent a lava flow from destroying essential buildings.

Sky News reports that police are currently escorting a Caterpillar D11 bulldozer to the Grindavk area, where it will be used to dig trenches three miles long.

The settlement of Grindavk, in southwest Iceland, has been evacuated due to the volcanic activity.

Roughly “800 earthquakes have been detected, most of them in the center of the magma dyke near Sundhnk at a depth of roughly 3-5 km [1.8 to 3.1 miles], according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office since midnight yesterday.”

Recently, video and photographs have surfaced purporting to show smoke from cracks in Grindavk’s roadways.

Since November 11th, seismicity has been stable. According to the Icelandic Meteorological Office, “the major focus on seismic activity monitoring remains in the vicinity of the dyke and Grindavk.”

The office decided that the “chance of an eruption is still regarded high” and “in the event of an eruption, the most likely site is near the magma dyke.”

The well-known Blue Lagoon geothermal spa will be closed until November 30 due to the risk of volcanic activity.

This follows hundreds of tremors detected in recent days and dire predictions of an imminent eruption of the Fagradalsfjall volcano.

Although the extent and intensity of the activity were reducing, the Met Office stated the volcanic hazard assessment remained constant, leaving the country in a state of emergency.

There were lengthy lines of people stretching for kilometers as inhabitants of the fishing village were allowed back into their houses for a short time to gather essentials and valuables. Large fissures have emerged in the earth, and other severe damage has already occurred in the community of about 4,000 inhabitants.

Iceland is a global epicenter for seismic and volcanic activity because it is situated between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates moving in opposite directions.