Live from Grindavík, on the Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland

It’s relatively quiet, town has been evacuated, now everyone waits.

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Started streaming on Nov 8, 2023

Multiview of the evolving situation in Reykjanes. The town of Grindavík has been evacuated after magma intrusion was identified possibly reaching under it.

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LIVEBLOG: Reykjanes Peninsula and Grindavík

  • Kristín Jónsdóttir of the Icelandic Meteorological Office, believes that the most likely scenario is that an eruption will begin in the next few days.
  • RÚV’s cameras on the Reykjanes Peninsula now offer three different views of the area.
  • Magmatic gas was measured from a borehole in Svartsengi yesterday. The end of the borehole extends close to the place in the Earth’s crust where the magma intrusion is thought to be. The gas is considered as confirmation that magma is present north of Hagafell, as models have indicated.
  • Electricity returned to the eastern part of Grindavík yesterday afternoon after repairs.
  • The Minister of Social Affairs presents a bill on support for Grindavik residents at a cabinet meeting today.
  • Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir says that bill should guarantee Grindavík residents wages for the next three months.
  • There is still a high probability of an eruption. It is not certain when and where it may happen.
  • The Met Office continues to monitor the situation closely.

In the end nature is in control, it would do us good if more people grasped that underlying reality.

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Nov 22, 2023, sort of an update (not much “news” to report yet), with some interesting background info and imagery.

Dr AstroGeoTech (Hertfords

Here’s one from three hours ago, tick, tick tick, . . .
Explains a bit about the geology at work, remember this is literally part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, one side moving towards North America, the other side towards Europe.

Grindavik: New Sinkholes Discovered, Iceland Fagradalsfjall Litli-Hrútur Volcano Eruption Earthquake

Dr AstroGeoTech (Hertfordshire Allotment Life)

Regarding previous videos, I know the cover typography is hideous and is usually a red flag, these Grindavik video have been pretty solid, fact based, if you’re curious about the geology and science of this event, you won’t be disappointed.

Back to the story, what a trip it would be living on top of a spreading plate boundary, I mean this is basically the mid-Atlantic Ocean Ridge, which isn’t actually a single fault line, instead scientist now speak in terms a fracture zone, with multiple fractures, especially where it comes to the surface as in Iceland. I’m sharing another link because this one uses more maps and aerial imagines and gave me a clearer overview than previous.

Dec 8, 2023 - Shawn Willsey
A brief update for Fri, Dec 8, 2023 on the geologic situation in Iceland followed by answers to viewer submitted questions. Stay strong, Iceland!

Shawn made a friend of me right off the bat: 00:50 “We must always separate data from interpretation.”

That’s as concise and golden as it gets, with its fractals permeating the process of learning and building knowledge. He follows up with a good description of the current conditions, that are in rapid flux.

The very next day, the data stream has ratcheted up the tension yet again and apparently plans to allow people back in has been put on ice again. On the bright side, it looks as the eruption danger spot has migrate a few kilometers north of town. It’s totally fascinating seeing how well they can track what’s happening down there. Especially for a dinosaur like me who can remember when Plate Tectonics exploded onto the scene, and totally upended geology, with it’s steady stream of new details being brought to light, then the black smokers followed by the white smokers. Way more thrilling for me than pro sports.

On the Pulse with Silki - Dec 9, 2023

BREAKING: Only Short Notice for Grindavik - #iceland

Dec 9, 2023
While land rises at Svartsengi, there is a chance of another magma flow that could end in an eruption.
The magma is most likely to flow back into the magma tunnel that formed on November 10th.
A new hazard assessment map has been published. The map shows an assessment of existing hazards and new hazards that could arise at short notice within the designated areas. Hazards are only assessed within these areas, but hazards may lurk outside them. Conditions inside and outside the areas are subject to change at short notice.
Here are some updates and answers about the current situation in Iceland and especially in the town or Grindavik which was highly threatened to be the epicenter of an imminent volcanic eruption that could destroy vast areas of the city and surrounding critical infrastructure.

It’s fascinating, if frightening for some.

It’s an existential threat… :face_with_open_eyes_and_hand_over_mouth:

For some I imagine.
It started erupting again.

Minutes after the eruption began, geology professor Shawn Willsey gathered data and shared his insights with the public.

The Earth giveth and the Earth taketh away.

The eruption ended as the magma chamber emptied, still deeper down apparently more magma is coming up to replenish the chamber - plus perhaps find new faults to exploit?

Silki is pretty scared about new developments, that is, the recent earth quakes running parallel and east of this active fissure zone - the first couple minutes of the video share excellent diagrams to visualize what’s going on. Fascinating, for me this area is even more fascinating than the incredible Hawaii Islands. This is the granddad fissure/fault line (zone) that ripped apart Pangaea.

Thinking about community response.
For my simplistic mind, watching this and learning more about how the community including out reach to global resources, is calmly intelligently dealing with a complex situation that involved various communities of peoples, having to talk to each other, work with each other, accept that some ideas are better than others - based on a factual evidentiary basis, honesty in communicating, and simply doing what needs to be done. Grindavik will never blow up dramatically, because here the plates are pulling apart and magna is rising fairly slowly, then oozing out through these tension created cracks/faults, so pressures never builds like on a continental volcano.

When it happen to happen right next to, and through, a town, people are put to the test. It’s not about praying to god, it about doing the best we can with what we have. That’s the place and way that humanism makes sense for me.

Once back in Silverton, we had heavy rains and a side creek started rising, and a few resident trailers were in danger of being washed out where Cement Creek fed into the Animas River. This happened real fast, I didn’t have a clue about it, living a few block away. But, then came a knock on the door and call to grab a shovel and I joined well over a dozen of others converging on the spot. Sheriff was there with sand bags, Roads Dept showed up with a pile of sand - the whole thing coalesced like an organism, with guidance every one found their spot and we worked that situation for a few hours until the flash flooding subsided, touch and go now and then, but we scrambled. We were lucky and it was as beautiful an experience as it gets. That’s humanism to me.

And yes Lausten, at this level humanism is the awaking to self recognition as another creature among creatures and acknowledging our Earth bound evolutionary reality.
But, only a start, there’s a long challenging journey from receiving the postcard to absorbing the significance. :v: :slightly_smiling_face:

Grindavik: A concerning second line with earthquakes- is it starting again?

Another eruption happening and this one is getting spooky close to the Blue Lagoon, and hydro-power and -heating plants.

Eruption Number 6 Is Off To a Bad Start - The Complete Peninsula Without Central Heating

Feb 8, 2024 - ICELAND

This latest eruption has exposed a serious infrastructure vulnerability or neglect since almost every house on the Reykjanes Peninsula is now without central heating, and we ask our selves how we could let that happen we all the knowledge we have gathered since 2021. The lava has however flowed extremely fast this time, but we should have moved this pipeline a long time ago.

Location, location, location.

This morning, Feb 10, 2024 - Iceland Explorer

The new emergency in Iceland after the newly launched underground pipe burst apart from the lava 2 meters above it!

The underground stresses must be amazing, plus the effect of heat.

Epic situation, a reminder of who’s really in charge.