British woman caught moment Iceland earthquake rocked boyfriend’s house

'It's a pretty grim situation at the moment.'

British woman caught moment Iceland earthquake rocked boyfriend’s house

A woman on a trip to Iceland filmed her boyfriend’s home shaking as people evacuated during an earthquake.

Caitlin McLean, 34, and her partner Gisli Gunnarsson, 29, were forced to flee his home in Grindavík at midnight on Friday.

Her video shows furniture and light fixtures shaking violently while they rushed to pack up their belongings.

Music composer Gisli said: ‘At around four on Friday, [the earthquakes] just started being non-stop. Just constant big quakes for hours.

‘First and foremost, the thought that you might never see your hometown ever again, that’s tough.

‘We all rushed out of [Grindavík] so quickly, in a matter of hours, so we didn’t really think at the time that might possibly be the last time we see our home, so that’s been difficult.

‘It’s a pretty grim situation at the moment.’

Undated handout photo of Caitlin McLean and Gisli Gunnarsson who evacuated Grindavik in Iceland after recent seismic activity in the area moved south toward the town. Issue date: Sunday November 12, 2023. PA Photo. Caitlin McLean, from Scotland, was visiting her boyfriend, Gisli Gunnarsson, in Grindavik when the pair were forced to flee his home at midnight on Friday packing only a few essential items to stay with Mr Gunnarsson???s mother in Reykjavik. See PA story QUAKE Iceland. Photo credit should read: Gisli Gunnarsson/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Caitlin McLean, 34, and her partner Gisli Gunnarsson, 29, were forced to flee his home in Grindavík following the earthquakes (Picture: Gisli Gunnarsson / PA)
British woman, 34, visiting her partner in Iceland captures shocking moment earthquake causes his house to SHAKE
Her video shows furniture and light fixtures shaking violently while they rushed to pack up their belongings (Picture: Gisli Gunnarsson / PA)

Police ordered thousands of people in Grindavík to be evacuated after the earthquake, with Iceland’s Meteorological Office suggesting a ‘corridor of magma’ is now thought to be extending under the fishing town.

Locals were given just 15 minutes to return after the evacuation and gather pets and possessions before having to leave again.

Artist Caitlin, from Scotland, added the situation has been ‘difficult’ for people to understand.

‘I think it’s difficult for the residents to really process that,’ she said.

‘I think everyone’s still a wee bit shocked and it’s not really sinking in there is a possibility they’re not going to be able to go home.’

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND - JULY 16: Mount Fagradalsfjall volcano spews lava after an eruption in Reykjavik, Iceland, on July 16, 2023. (Photo by Emin Yogurtcuoglu/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
There are fears the Mount Fagradalsfjall volcano may soon erupt again (Picture: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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Over recent weeks thousands of tremors have been recorded (Picture: Vafri.is)

She urged volcano enthusiasts to avoid the area, and ‘be respectful’ to people whose lives have been impacted.

Caitlin added: ‘I would definitely say there’s been quite a lot of people wanting to fly over [to Iceland], like people that are interested in volcanoes and lava.

‘They’re trying to keep tourists away because there’s been people already trying to fly drones over the town.

‘I understand for a lot of people this is a big spectacle, but these people are losing their homes potentially, so just to be respectful.’

A state of emergency has been declared in the country after several earthquakes have indicated a volcanic eruption is soon to happen.

Over recent weeks thousands of tremors have been recorded around the nearby Fagradalsfjall volcano.

The famous Blue Lagoon landmark is closed and several warnings have been issued to tourists.

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