L’Islande évacue une ville en raison de craintes d’éruption volcanique. Actualités mondiales.
Icelandic Authorities Complete Evacuation of 3,000 Residents
Concerns of Volcanic Eruption
The Icelandic authorities have completed the evacuation of 3,000 residents from a town in the southwestern part of the country over concerns of a volcanic eruption. This comes after a series of earthquakes and evidence of magma spreading underground.
The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) has stated that there is a « considerable » risk of an eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula. This is due to the size of the underground magma intrusion and the rate at which it is moving, which is several times greater than what was previously measured in the area. The region has seen several eruptions in unpopulated areas in recent years, but the current outbreak is believed to pose an immediate risk to the town of Grindavik.
Reykjanes is a volcanic and seismic hot spot southwest of the capital Reykjavik. In March 2021, lava fountains erupted spectacularly from a fissure in the ground measuring between 500 and 750 meters long in the region’s Fagradalsfjall volcanic system. This volcanic activity continued for six months, attracting thousands of Icelanders and tourists to visit the scene. There have been subsequent eruptions in the same area in August 2022 and July of this year. Prior to these recent eruptions, the Fagradalsfjall system had remained inactive for more than 6,000 years.
Evacuation and Impact
Iceland’s Civil Protection Agency ordered a complete evacuation of Grindavik, a nearby fishing town, due to the immediate risk posed by the current eruption. The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, a popular tourist attraction, was also closed on Thursday due to increased seismic activity in the area.
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1. What is the current volcanic activity in Iceland?
The current volcanic activity in Iceland is centered around the Fagradalsfjall volcanic system on the Reykjanes peninsula. The area has seen multiple eruptions in recent years, posing a risk to nearby towns and attractions.
2. How many residents have been evacuated?
A total of 3,000 residents have been evacuated from a town in the southwestern part of Iceland due to concerns of a volcanic eruption.
3. What prompted the evacuation?
The size of the underground magma intrusion and the rate at which it is moving was several times greater than what was previously measured in the area, prompting Icelandic authorities to order a complete evacuation.