Even though an eruption is “likely,” Icelandic Met Office official stresses that “no disaster is imminent on the Reykjanes peninsula and no one is in danger.”
Even though Iceland seems to be getting more press… Superintendent Rögnvaldur Ólafsson is at the coordination center of the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, patiently waiting to see how things develop on the Reykjanes peninsula, where an eruption is considered likely.
He tells mbl.is that in case of an eruption, it is highly unlikely that houses need to be invacuated in the Reykjanes peninsula.
Most likely, a potential eruption would be a small one that would not put inhabited areas and infrastructure at risk.
“We’re just waiting,” he states. This, he adds, is similar to what he experienced leading up to the Holuhraun eruption in 2014. “Then, we were in a similar situation for about two weeks, I believe,” he states, sounding very patient.
“Someone joked earlier that this is like watching paint dry,” he states. “We’re making plans and plans B,” he adds. “It’s that sort of work we’re doing here.”
At a press conference held by the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management and the Icelandic Meteorological Office this afternoon, Chief Superintendent Víðir Reynisson stressed that no disaster is imminent on the Reykjanes peninsula and no one is in danger.
Kristín Jónsdóttir, natural hazards specialist at the Icelandic Met Office stated that if an eruption occurs, it is not likely to be dangerous. She added that people do not have to worry much about pollution from gases in case of an eruption.
However, look at the Laki eruption, which killed a quarter of Iceland’s population
“In the 18th century, climatic conditions in Iceland reached an all-time low since the original settlement. On top of this, Laki erupted in 1783, spitting out 12.5 cubic kilometres (3.0 cu miles) of lava. Floods, ash, and fumes killed 9,000 people and 80% of the livestock. The ensuing starvation killed a quarter of Iceland’s population.” We pray that history won’t repeat…. (Wikipedia)
Volcano near Reykjavik “a ticking time bomb,” – Video:
Iceland is a part of the mid-Atlantic Ridge which is above sea-level, the video reminds us (at about 2:50 into the video).
Mt Þorbjörn is where everything started 14 months ago. The entire mountain has been growing taller. And some of the nearby towns are actually built on lava.
Thanks to Winston Smith and Stew for these links