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Volcano danger alert level dropped

19.10.2021 - 11:45
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 Mynd: Kristín Sigurðardóttir - RÚV
The civil protection agency warning level for the Geldingadalir/Fagradalsfjall volcano on the Reykjanes peninsula has been lowered from ‘danger’ to ‘uncertainty’. This is the lowest of the three emergency alert levels used in Iceland. No new lava has erupted from the volcano in four weeks.

The decision was taken yesterday by the chief of the state police, in collaboration with the chief of Suðurnes police, a statement from the state police civil protection department explains. 

The statement adds that the area is still being closely monitored for increased seismic activity, volcanic unrest, or changes to the land, such as uplift. 

Not only has volcanic activity stopped during the past four weeks, but the new earthquake swarm to the south of Keilir that started in early October has also died down again in recent days. 

People are still strongly advised not to walk on the new lava field, or close to the crater, as the area remains dangerous.  

The alert level was set immediately to ‘emergency’ when the eruption started on 19th March, but lowered to ‘danger’ the following day, after initial scientific assessment. It remained at ‘danger’ until yesterday. 

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