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Iceland on High Alert: Volcanic Eruption Imminent as Earthquakes Rock Reykjanes Peninsula

A state of emergency has actually been declared in Iceland after countless tremors raised worries of a volcanic eruption.

A series of effective earthquakes rocked the nation's southwestern Reykjanes peninsula, signalling that there was an increased possibility of a volcanic eruption in the region.

The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) warned that an eruption might take place "in several days".

According to the IMO, Since late October, 24,000 tremblings have actually been registered on the peninsula, and "a dense swarm" of almost 800 quakes signed up between midnight and 2 pm GMT on Friday.

Authorities have ordered thousands living in the southwestern town of Grindavik to leave as a precaution and have actually closed the neighboring Blue Lagoon traveler destination.

The area around Mount Thorbjorn on the Reykjanes Peninsula has actually been shaken by numerous little earthquakes every day for more than two weeks due to an accumulation of volcanic magma-- molten rock-- around 3 miles (5km) underground.

Land in the area has actually increased by 9cm (3.5 in) since the end of October, according to the Icelandic Met Workplace (IMO).

Scientists are carefully keeping an eye on the circumstance for any sign the seismic activity is getting closer to the surface.

Iceland, which sits above a volcanic hotspot in the North Atlantic, averages an eruption every 4 to 5 years.

The most disruptive in current times was the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which gushed big clouds of ash into the environment and led to prevalent airspace closures over Europe.

The Reykjanes Peninsula on Iceland's southwestern coast includes a volcanic system that has appeared three times because 2021, after being dormant for 800 years.

The evacuation of Grindavik followed the IMO alerted that "substantial modifications have actually happened in the seismic activity" and that magma could have extended under the town, which lies about 33 miles (53km) from the capital Reykjavik.

The IMO stated: "At this stage, it is not possible to identify exactly whether and where lava may reach the surface."

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