Alert level has been raised in Grindavík

On Saturday April 27, lava went over a defense wall …

On Saturday April 27, lava went over a defense wall east of Grindavík, but since then it has been stopped by the defense walls. mbl.is/Eggert Jóhannesson

The Icelandic Meteorological Office has updated the risk assessment due to the seismic activity on the Reykjanes Peninsula. The risk due to lava flow has been considered to have increased, while the risk due to volcanic ash is considered to have decreased.

In Grindavík, the danger level has been raised due to possible lava flow and indications that there will soon be news in the area.

Minimal volcanic ash getting into the atmosphere

The announcement by the Icelandic Met Office says that the risk assessment was reviewed at a scientific meeting yesterday morning. Changes related to the fact that the risk due to volcanic ash has been reduced from a considerable risk to a low risk in areas one and six.

"This change is made because there hasn't been much volcanic ash getting into the atmosphere."

The danger of increased lava flow in area 4 has …

The danger of increased lava flow in area 4 has raised the alert level to high risk. Map/The Icelandic Met Office

It also states that the risk in Grindavík, area four, has been increased from considerable risk to high risk due to lava flows, as the lava tongue has been growing, albeit slowly, within the area in recent days.

There is also an increased probability that it will soon lead to news in the area around Sundhnúkagígar crater row, and it is estimated that it is more likely than before that lava can flow quickly to the south.

Therefore, the overall risk in the town of Grindavík has been raised to high from considerable risk.

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