Everything you need to know about Grindavík’s seismic evacuation and volcanic alert

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Our tranquil land of fire and ice is once again reminding us of its dynamic nature. Over the past week, the seismic tranquility of the Reykjanes Peninsula has been interrupted by an undercurrent of volcanic unrest, placing the charming coastal town of Grindavík at the epicenter of heightened vigilance.

The Prelude to Evacuation

The Icelandic Met Office has closely monitored an explosive increase in seismic activity.

A magma tunnel, around 15km long stealthily forging its path beneath Grindavík, has prompted our experts to declare a state of emergency.

This decisive action culminated in the successful evacuation of all 3,000 residents on November 11, ensuring their safety as the earth beneath them trembled with potential.

A map of Grindavik town in Iceland showing the position of the magma flow that is underneath the town.

A Community on the Move

In the face of uncertainty, the solidarity of the Grindavík community has been nothing short of inspiring. Homes were vacated, and belongings left behind, all with the hope of return.

Through the orchestrated efforts of local authorities and civil defense teams, a seamless transition to safety was facilitated under the cloak of the night between November 10 and 11.

The Heartbeat of the Earth

Our island is no stranger to the stirrings of the earth, with over 1,485 earthquakes recorded, a stark reminder of the powerful forces shaping our landscapes.

While the ground swells near Þorbjörn, and the tremors continue to whisper prophecies of an eruption 'within hours or days,' our resolve remains unshaken.

A map showing the intensive earthquakes in Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland

As we await further developments, the importance of staying informed cannot be overstated.
The Civil Protection Alert Phase is in effect, and we urge you to follow updates from reliable sources.

Our commitment to providing you with the latest and most accurate information remains steadfast.

Staying Informed and Prepared

Embracing the Unpredictable

Iceland's beauty lies in its unpredictability, and while we navigate this seismic event, we are reminded of the raw power that lies beneath our feet.

To our guests who have dreamt of witnessing Iceland's volcanic majesty, we say, keep your dreams alive. The story of this land is far from over, and we will continue to be the custodians of its tales.

Magma tunnels under Grindavik town in Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland

While the current focus is on the safety of Grindavík’s residents and the potential eruption, we remain hopeful for a swift and safe resolution.

To the residents of Grindavík, our thoughts are with you.

Stay safe, stay informed, and let the spirit of Iceland live on in your hearts.

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