Location: Reykjanes peninsula, southwest Iceland
Event: Since July 4, more than 9,300 earthquakes associated with the movement of volcanic magma have been detected between Fagradalsfjall and Keilir on the Reykjanes peninsula southwest of Reykjavik and southeast of Keflavik. Flight operations at Keflavik International Airport have not been affected.
Icelandic authorities advised people to stay away from mountains and slopes in the area around Keilir, Fagradalsfjall and Kleifarvatn due to danger of rockfall and landslides. The National Police Commissioner elevated the Civil Protection service level to ensure close monitoring and evaluate preparedness.
The forecast of the Icelandic Meteorological Office noted earthquakes could decrease without magma reaching the surface, or magma could reach the surface anywhere in the region between Fagradalsfjall and Keilir. A volcanic eruption occurring within days or weeks is considered “more likely,” according to the office.
Actions to Take:
- Avoid steep slopes or rocky cliffs in the area.
- Follow the latest alerts on https://safetravel.is/
- Monitor geologic forecasts and earthquake activity at: https://en.vedur.is/
- Follow recommendations by Icelandic Police, Icelandic Civil Defense (also at https://www.facebook.com/Almannavarnir/) and other authorities.
- Monitor local media outlets for updates (including online English language news outlet RUV (also at https://www.facebook.com/ruvenglish)
- Be aware of your surroundings.