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Iceland: end of volcanic eruption Grindavik

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A lava flow has hardened at the gates of the village of Grindavik.

Agence France-Presse

The volcanic eruption which hit the port town of Grindavik, in southwest Iceland, on Sunday , is over, the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) announced on Friday.

It is very likely that the magma is no longer flowing into the dyke [magma intrusion into the earth's crust, Editor's note] and that the eruption is over, the IMO wrote in a note. /p>

Two cracks opened on Sunday near Grindavik, about forty kilometers southwest of Reykjavik, and one of the Lava flows had reached the small port town, reducing three houses to ashes.

The few dozen residents resettled at the end of December in Grindavik had been urgently evacuated a few hours before the eruption.

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The risk of ground collapse in the city's fissures remains high.

A quote from the Icelandic Meteorological Office

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The city, which is usually home to nearly 4,000 residents, was evacuated for the first time on November 11, 2023 as a precaution after hundreds of earthquakes caused by the movement of magma under the earth's crust – a precursor to a volcanic eruption. /p>Open in full screen mode

The volcanic eruption was only 400 meters away from the village of Grindavik.

Residents were then able to return to their homes briefly shortly after the December 18 eruption, then permanently on December 23, but only a few dozens of them had chosen to resettle in Grindavik.

Thirty-three volcanic systems are considered active in this land of fire and ice, the most volcanic region in Europe.

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