Update (2028 EST): The initial fissure has now reached 4km in length.
According to the Icelandic Meteorological Service, new seismic activity southeast of the initial fissure is putting Grindavik city at risk. If the seismic activity indicates new magma tunnels or further collapse, a new eruption could destroy the actual city. Their announcement reads below:
”According to the latest measurements, the seismic activity is moving south towards Grindavík. The measured activity is just east of the magma tunnel that formed on November 10. This development of the seismic activity, together with measurements from GPS devices, is an indication that the magma is moving to the southwest and the eruption could extend in the direction of Grindavík.”
As of this publication, the current fissure (in red) is only breaking North away from the city. President Johannesson has made the following instructions:
An eruption has begun near the evacuated town of Grindavík. Our priorities remain to protect lives and infrastructure. Civil Defence has closed off the affected area. We now wait to see what the forces of nature have in store. We are prepared and remain vigilant.
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— President of Iceland (@PresidentISL) December 19, 2023