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ANOTHER VOLCANIC ERUPTION STARTED 8th OF FEBRUARY 2024 AT 06:02 AM ON THE REYKJANES PENINSULA

A new fissure opened and eruption started on the Reykjanes peninsula by the mountain Stóra-Skógfell, Thursday 8th of February at 6:02 am. Update 11th of February: The eruption is now inactive. Gas pollution is still possible near the lava.

Key points:

  • This was the sixth eruption taking place on the Peninsula in less than 4 years.
  • This new eruption started around 6:02 am and the location is in a similar area as the eruption which started on the 18th of Dec 2023.
  • People had evacuated from the nearby village in Grindavík on the 10th of November and the eruption does not pose immediate threat to people.
  • The town of Grindavík, and the area around and roads in the area will remain CLOSED due to danger related to new crevasse openings and other factors.
  • Authorities prohibit hiking in the area.
  • Air traffic to and from Iceland is operating normally, and Iceland remains a safe destination.

Geologist who have been monitoring the area did expect this eruption, and sent out warning 30 minutes before it started.

Iceland's international airport in Keflavík (KEF) is functioning normally. All flights are currently operating on schedule.

Volcanic eruptions tend to limited their impact to specific, localized areas near the eruption site. Notably, previous eruptions in the area did not impact air travel to and from the country.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office, the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, and a team of scientists from the University of Iceland diligently monitor the situation and analyze developments.

Iceland having encountered five recent eruptions nearby on the Reykjanes Peninsula in 2021, 2022, 2023 and one in Janary 2024. Icelandic authorities and the public have prepared well for such events, as the country boasts some of the world's most advanced volcanic preparedness protocols. Iceland's geoscientists have extensively experience in managing volcanic activity.

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