Icelandic Volcano Erupts Again
A new eruption has happened again on the Reykjanes Peninsula; after weeks of waiting, the eruption started at 10.17 pm local time on 18th December 2023.
The eruption occurred in an area 2.5km north of Grindavík on snow-covered hills between Sýlingarfell and Hagafell. This is not good news for the town’s residents. The town was evacuated a month ago after large earthquakes occurred in the area, moving some parts of the town down by meters. Recently people have been allowed back in the town but with a curfew overnight.
The eruption, which can be seen from Reykjavik, giving a red glow in the sky, has been captured by the many remote cameras in the mountains. At the moment, this is the only way to view as the authorities have closed off the surrounding roads. Even the road to the airport.
The fissure is currently 4km in length and has grown rapidly. There is another crack opened to the north. Here are some screenshots of the moment the larva broke through and how rapidly it spread at 3 am local time. No one knows how big it will get and how long it will last. It could be a few days or months.
This comes on the day the authorities told the town's residents that they could return to their homes for Christmas. The eruption has caught the authorities on the hop. Even the Blue Lagoon opened on Monday!
At 3 am, the eruption rate is 100 to 200 cubic meters per second. This is much higher than any of the recent previous eruptions. Earlier in the afternoon, there was a series of earthquakes greater than 2.0 on the Richter scale. A final large quake occurred at 9 pm, which had a magnitude of 4.2. This was the largest earthquake in a few weeks.