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Seismic activity on the Reykjanes Peninsula: Latest news

Key Takeaways:

  • This is an ongoing localized seismic event
  • There is not an ongoing eruption in Iceland
  • Flights are operating normally and unlikely to be affected in case of an eruption
  • Iceland is highly prepared for volcanic events.

As of November 23, The National Police Commissioner of Iceland has downgraded the Civil Protection Alert Phase from Emergency to Alert over seismic activity on the Reykjanes Peninsula.

Reykjavík, November 23 - Since October 24, scientists at the Icelandic Met Office have been monitoring a rise in seismic activity on the Reykjanes Peninsula close to the town Grindavík, which could indicate potential volcanic activity in the area. As a precautionary measure, the town of Grindavík was evacuated on November 10 to prioritize the safety of its residents. These evacuations will remain in place until uncertainty is over.

It is impossible to predict whether a volcanic eruption will break out, or exactly when or where in the vicinity of Grindavík it might break out. The Icelandic Met Office, in collaboration with the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management and a team of scientists from the University of Iceland, is actively monitoring the situation and thoroughly analyzing any unfolding developments.  Read more on