The town of Grindavik in Iceland’s southwestern peninsula of Reykjanes has been ordered to evacuate due to the significant likelihood of a volcanic eruption. The Icelandic Meteorological Office has linked the earthquakes in the region to the movement and spreading of magma, causing concern that an eruption is imminent. Precautionary measures include the temporary closure of the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa and the evacuation of the town’s residents to safeguard their safety.
If the volcano erupts, the town of Grindavik, the Blue Lagoon, and geothermal pipelines supplying hot water to homes are at risk, along with potential threats of toxic fumes, air pollution, and disruptions to air travel. While Iceland experiences regular volcanic activity, the last eruption in the area took place over 800 years ago. Volcanologists believe this cycle of increased activity could continue for several decades or centuries.
The capital city of Reykjavik is not currently at risk, as authorities have not issued evacuation orders for residents in the area.