Updated May 29th, 2024 at 19:59 IST

Living With Lava: Iceland Sees Another Eruption, Blue Lagoon Shut Down And Evacuated

Iceland's Sundhnuksgigar erupts again, with plumes reaching 50 meters; Blue Lagoon spa evacuated; fifth eruption on peninsula since December.

Reported by: Garvit Parashar
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The land of ‘Fire and Ice’ has lit up again with a volcanic eruption that took place at the Helgafell mountain on Wednesday. The country has witnessed a fifth volcano eruption since last December and for the residents of the country, this was nothing new to see. But the video caught attention on social media as it was recorded just at the right time when the eruption started. A major volcanic eruption happened in Reykjanes Peninsula earlier this year, and further Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa in southern Iceland was evacuated.

"An eruption has started near Sundhnuksgigar, north of Grindavik," The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) announced the onset of a new eruption near Sundhnuksgigar, north of Grindavik, nearly three weeks following the conclusion of the previous eruption that commenced on March 16.

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"The eruption plumes soar to a minimum height of 50 meters," it specified.

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The renowned Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, Iceland's largest tourist attraction, disclosed the evacuation of its premises on Wednesday. This eruption marks the fifth occurrence on the peninsula since December.

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The IMO documented "intense earthquake activity" preceding Wednesday's eruption.

Furthermore, it noted the accumulation of 20 million cubic meters of magma in the magma chamber beneath Svartsengi, where a power plant serving electricity and water to approximately 30,000 peninsula residents is situated.

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The Svartsengi plant underwent evacuation and has predominantly operated remotely since the initial eruption in December, with protective barriers erected around it.

The majority of Grindavik's 4,000 inhabitants were permanently relocated in November before the eruptions in December, January, February, and March.

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Published May 29th, 2024 at 19:59 IST