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.
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.