Icelandic scientists and authorities have officially warned the population that the eruption of the wukan on the Reykjanes Peninsula, located in the southwest of Iceland, is inevitable and will occur in the very near future.
According to the Icelandic Met Office, a magma rise was recorded, which was detected at 2: 20 pm and recorded at most seismic stations in Iceland.
The main superindendant Vidir Reinisson said that everything that happens may indicate that the eruption could begin within a few hours.
“This requires us to activate our entire system to prepare for an Emergency, and we are getting ready to go,” he said.
He stressed the importance of people staying away from the area. “We need a place to work,” he added.
The road to Mount Keilir is closed and people are asked not to cross the restricted area.
Rescue teams in Sugurnes were alerted at 15:00, as soon as it became clear that an eruption was imminent.
“Our main message to the public right now is to stay calm and not travel to the Reykjanes Peninsula hoping to see something,” said David Mar Bjarnason, Media Representative for ICE-SAR, the Icelandic Search and Rescue Association.
“We stress the importance of staying calm. Rescuers and police are working in the area to ensure the safety of people, because we do not want people to be in the area if something happens. ”
The Suhurnes police chief sent a text message (SMS) to the residents of Reykjanesbar about a possible eruption. In it, he states that any movement in the area of Keilir and Fagradalsfjall mountains, whether on foot or by car, is strictly prohibited.