Volcanic eruption in southwest Iceland decreases in intensity

Copenhagen — The eruption of the Fagradalsfjall volcano recorded on the Reykjanes peninsula (southwest Iceland) that began on Wednesday has lost intensityThe authorities of the Nordic country reported this Thursday, where those responsible for civil protection indicated that the Icelandic territory continues to be “a safe destination.”

The lava emission had been reduced “significantly” according to the latest bulletin from the Civil Protection and Emergency Authority, which cited data from the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO).

The activity has been concentrated in six chimneys north of the rift“explained the institution, which added that at various points they continue to expel magma, but, due to poor visibility, it is difficult to determine exactly how many there are.

The Icelandic organization assured that “the effects of the eruption are localized” and “they don't threaten people” after the measures adopted on Wednesday, while the damage to infrastructure seems to be limited for the moment to two roads that have been crossed by lava.

The Icelandic authorities declared on Wednesday the state of emergency and both the town of Grindavík and the Blue Lagoon, the famous geothermal spa located in the areawere evacuated before the start of the eruption, when seismic activity began to increase.

“Air traffic to and from Iceland is operating normally. “Iceland remains in a safe destination,” said those responsible for civil protection. “Flights operate as planned and a disruption to air traffic is considered highly unlikely.“, they added.

In the past two years, the now lava-affected Icelandic region has faced seven volcanic eruptions. The previous eruption began in March and lasted for eight weeks.