An impressive eruption put Iceland in emergency: many could lose everything

2023-12-19 20:59:51

An impressive eruption made Icelandic authorities They will carry out a series of measures to avoid injuries. Just days ago, on Sunday the 10th, they had declared a state of emergency after several earthquakes were recorded on the Reykjanes peninsula, in the southwest of the country.

The country is threatened and is alert to what could be the most devastating catastrophe in 50 years.

According to them, the eruption was located “near Sundhnukagigar, about four kilometers northeast of Grindavik, and can be seen on nearby webcams.”

The incident was recorded at 22:17 local time and GMT, after the wave of earthquakes that began around 9:00 p.m. on Monday.

What measures did they take?

Before the eruption, the Icelandic National Police Commissioner raised the Civil Protection Service Level from “Alert” to “Emergency” and the Civil Protection Coordination Center was activated.

The authorities asked the population not to approach the site of the eruption, while emergency personnel evaluated the situation.

All roads to the city of Grindavik were closed and traffic was prohibited, including Highway 41, the main road along the northern side of the Reykjanes Peninsula, connecting the Reykjavik metropolitan area and Keflavik International Airport.

On Saturday, an entire city of 4,000 inhabitants had to be evacuated, as the movement of magma beneath the Earth’s crust caused cracks in roads and buildings in Grindavíklocated 40 km southwest of Reikiavik, the capital.

On Monday, the inhabitants of the town were able go back to your homes for a few minutes to recover their belongings and verify the damage caused by the intense seismic activity. After several hours waiting in their car, the neighbors were able to enter their homes for a few minutes to collect furniture, decorative objects and pets, in the presence of numerous police officers and civil protection personnel.

With information from Agentine News

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