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Iceland faces ‘daunting period’ after long-dormant volcanic system awakens

Iceland faces ‘daunting period’ after long-dormant volcanic system awakens

Iceland’s president said the country is battling “tremendous forces of nature”, after molten lava from a volcano in the island’s southwest consumed several houses in the evacuated town of Grindavik. Issued on: 15/01/2024 – 10:54 2 min President Gudni Th. Johannesson said in a televised address late Sunday that “a daunting period of upheaval has begun on the Reykjanes peninsula,” where a long-dormant volcanic system has awakened. A volcano on the peninsula erupted for the second time in less than a month on Sunday morning. Authorities had ordered residents to leave the fishing town of Grindavik hours earlier as a swarm of small earthquakes indicated an imminent eruption. Lava is seen approaching residential buildings in the southwestern Icelandic town of Grindavik after a volcanic eruption on January 14, 2024. © Halldor Kolbeins, AFP Geophysicist Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson said Monday morning that the eruption had “decreased considerably” overnight, but that it was impossible to say when it would end. Grindavik, a town of 3,800 people about 50 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of the capital, Reykjavik, was …