Reykjavik: The Icelandic government has declared a state of emergency after a series of powerful earthquakes hit the southwestern peninsula of Iceland yesterday. This earthquake is thought to be a precursor to a volcanic eruption.
Iceland, an island nation in the North Atlantic Ocean, is home to 33 active volcanoes. Volcanoes are often preceded by earthquakes in the country. In this case, the day before yesterday, a series of powerful earthquakes occurred in Iceland’s southwest Reykjanes Peninsula.
1400 earthquakes occurred in 24 hours and people panicked. A series of earthquakes have threatened volcanic eruptions. Due to this, the government of Iceland has declared a state of emergency for the safety of the people.
About 3 km southwest of the epicenter. In the distance is the village of Grindavik. Officials have closed roads leading north and south from this village due to damage.
About 4,000 people live in this village. In this case, the authorities are ready to evacuate them in case of volcanic eruption. They have set up temporary camps and relief centers at 4 places.
The Blue Lagoon, a popular tourist destination on Reykjavík’s peninsula, is closed until November 16 due to the earthquake.
Officials say, “About 5 km on the ground. If lava at depth begins to move towards the surface it can lead to volcanic eruptions. However, it will take a few days for this lava to reach the surface and erupt as a volcano.