Iceland volcano updates: Eruption could wipe Grindavik off map after hundreds of earthquakes

Searing hot magma is now just 500m beneath an Icelandic town, scientists say.

Iceland volcano updates: Eruption could wipe Grindavik off map after hundreds of earthquakes
Smoke rises from the crack in a road in the fishing town of Grindavik, which was evacuated due to volcanic activity, in Iceland November 15, 2023. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
Grindavik has become a crack-riddled ghost town overnight after the power went out for half the town (Picture: Reuters)

Iceland is continuing to brace itself for the eruption of Fagradalsfjall volcano on the island’s south west Reykjanes Peninsula.

Icelandic Met Office has receded 600 earthquakes since midnight today, with half of the chasm-riddled Grindavik suffering power outages.

The weather agency said that the ‘probability of an eruption is still considered high’ and a fountain of lava will likely erupt from a nine-mile-long river of magma under Sundhnuk.

While official advice states it is still safe for tourists to travel to Iceland,aviation warnings and a Civil Protection Alert remain in place.

Scientists have been on edge since late October after seismographs first started rumbling, hinting that the eruption-prone Reykjanes volcanic system could burst at any moment.

Some 22 days since, the eruption – which will likely last for weeks or even months – has yet to happen.

This comes amid warnings from a volcanologist that the country needs to be prepared for a ‘new eruptive phase’ which could last centuries.