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AssistAlert: Southwest Iceland Braces for Potential Catastrophic Eruption

AssistAlert: Southwest Iceland Braces for Potential Catastrophic Eruption


Southwest Iceland Braces for Potential Catastrophic Eruption


Following the 900 earthquakes and other significant seismic activity afflicting the south of Iceland on Monday, concerns of a potentially cataclysmic volcanic eruption have emerged. The small fishing village of Grindavik, which falls in the shadow of the Gradalsfjall volcano, was evacuated over the weekend after large cracks began appearing in roads and a 9-mile-long river of magma was discovered running through the peninsula. A defense wall was constructed around the Svartsengi geothermal power plant on Tuesday, November 14th in an effort to protect it from lava flows in the event of an eruption. Concerns of potential flight disruptions have arisen, citing a similar situation with the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010, though no official interruptions have been documented as of yet.


  • Stay apprised of all official directives
  • Have an evacuation plan
  • Follow all evacuation instructions and stay clear of the blast zone
  • Prepare at least three days of emergency supplies such as food, water, medicine/first aid, and emergency power sources

Members are encouraged to contact Assist America if travel assistance is required.



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