Iceland volcano latest news: Earthquakes pave way for ‘centuries’ of eruptions as magma warning issued
Searing hot magma is now just 500m beneath an Icelandic town, scientists say.
This comes amid warnings from a volcanologist that the country needs to be prepared for a ‘new eruptive phase’ which could last centuries.
While official advice states it is still safe for tourists to travel to Iceland, warnings and a Civil Protection Alert remain in place.
The IMO warned on Tuesday that the volcano, in the Reykjanes Peninsula volcanic region, has a ‘significant likelihood’ of erupting following days of violent earthquakes.
Benedikt Ofeigsson, of the Icelandic Meteorological Office, said magma could now be just 500m beneath Grindavik.
The volcanic activity comes amid the backdrop of thousands of earthquakes over the past week with cracks forming beneath the surface of Grindavik, ripping roads in half, uprooting buildings and closing the nearby tourist attraction, the Blue Lagoon.