Alert level updated to red in Svartsengi

Alert level has been raised to red in Svartsengi due …

Alert level has been raised to red in Svartsengi due to lava flow and air pollution. mbl.is/Eggert Jóhannesson

The hazard assessment is unchanged in Grindavík but the hazard assessment in Svartsengi and north of Svartengi has been moved up to red due to lava flow and gas pollution.

This is stated in an announcement on the website of the Icelandic Met Office. It also states that the eruption fissure is 3.4 kilometers long, making it longer than the fissure in the eruption on March 16.

It also shows that the hazard assessment in Sundhnúkagígar crater row has been updated to purple, which means very high hazard.

Grindavík is in area 4, but area 1, 4, 5 …

Grindavík is in area 4, but area 1, 4, 5 and 6 are on red alert, but area 3 where Sundhnúkagígar crater row is has been updated to purple alert.

Full announcement

“The Icelandic Met Office has updated the risk assessment due to the eruption and lava flow from the fissure. The changes in the risk assessment are that the risk in Area 3 (Sundhnúkagígar crater row) has been increased to very high (purple) due to the opening of the eruption and a large lava flow. The danger in Areas 1 (Svartsengi) and 5 (north of Svartsengi) has been raised to high risk (red) due to lava flow and gas contamination. Area 4 (Grindavík) is unchanged from the previous risk assessment, but there is an increased probability of an eruption within the area and a lava flow.”

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