In an official statement, officials have warned that there is a possibility of volcanic eruptions in the country due to seismic conditions.
“The Chief of the National Police for Civil Protection has declared a state of emergency due to severe seismic events in Sundnujukagigar, north of Grindavik,” Iceland’s Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management said.
“Earthquakes may be larger in magnitude than the ones currently occurring. These series of events may lead to volcanic eruptions,” the department said in a statement.
The Iceland Meteorological Office (IMO) has said that there is a possibility of volcanic eruptions in Iceland in the next few days.
About 4,000 light and moderate earthquakes struck southwestern Reykjanes Island on Friday. According to IMO’s preliminary data, the strongest tremor was the 5.2 magnitude earthquake that struck north of the town of Grindavik on the island of Reykjavík.
About 24 thousand earthquakes have been recorded in the island since the end of October. About 800 earthquakes occurred in the 14-hour period from midnight to 2 pm on Friday.
Reykjanes is the center of volcanoes
Reykjanes Island has had three volcanic eruptions since 2021. The volcano erupted for the first time in March 2021. The second volcanic eruption occurred in August 2022 and the third in July 2023.
Iceland has 33 active volcanoes. It is the highest in Europe. Prior to March 2021, volcanic eruptions were occurring in uninhabited areas around Mount Fagradalsjal. The Reykjanes volcano has remained dormant for over eight centuries.
In April 2010, a massive volcanic eruption in southern Iceland grounded an estimated 1 lakh flights worldwide, stranding more than a crore people.