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A volcanic eruption occurred near Grindavik, western Iceland, on Thursday.

Agence France-Presse

The recovery of the &x27; Hot water supply in south-west Iceland, suspended following a pipe rupture during Thursday's volcanic eruption, now over, is expected to take “several days”, they said. notified national authorities on Saturday.

Supply had been restored by Friday evening thanks to repair efforts, but later in the night a branch pipe broke, Civil Protection wrote in a statement.

Presumably the pipe was damaged by the lava flow [Thursday] morning. Late [Friday] evening, when the pumping of water increased, it appeared to have finally ruptured.

A quote from Icelandic Civil Protection

This pipe is in the middle of the lava flow, in the part where it is thickest, and it It is therefore impossible to undertake repairs, adds the press release.

The approximately 28,000 homes in the region, whose electricity and water supply comes from the Svartsengi geothermal power plant, itself protected by earthen fortifications, will therefore have to wait longer before getting electricity again. ;hot water.

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A lava flow advances on a road north of Grindavik, Iceland.

Civil Protection and operator HS Orka have started preparations laying a new pipeline of around 600 meters, estimating that this would take several days, but without giving a more precise deadline.

From Thursday, many residents rushed to specialized stores to buy small electric heaters.

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Result: partial power cuts were noted Friday evening in several towns on the peninsula, because the electricity distribution system was overheating.

The authorities have called on the population to use these devices sparingly and only when necessary.

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The volcanic eruption that occurred in January occurred just 400 meters from the village of Grindavik. (File photo)

The temperature in the area dropped to -7°C overnight and settled around -3 ° C during the day, under a beautiful winter sun.

A little further north, swimming pool managers in the capital have decided to open their facilities free of charge to residents of the peninsula, in particular to allow them to enjoy showers.

Occurring early Thursday morning about 40 km southwest of Reykjavík, the eruption is officially over, according to the ;Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO).

Like the two previous eruptions, on December 18 and January 14, it took place near the town of Grindavík, whose 4,000 inhabitants were evacuated on November 11.

According to the IMO, however, lava could erupt again in the area soon, with GPS data suggesting the immediate resumption of ground swelling and therefore magma accumulation in the Svartsengi region.

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