(Reykjavik) The “Blue Lagoon”, a famous tourist site in southwestern Iceland, temporarily closed on Thursday due to a build-up of magma in the ground nearby, raising fears of a possible eruption.
Known for its turquoise water pools and luxury hotels, the place “took the proactive decision to temporarily cease its activities for a week”, although the alert level was not raised by the authorities “during this seismic period”, it is written on your website.
This closure will be in effect until 2am on November 16th.
A series of mild earthquakes have shaken the Reykjanes Peninsula, where the “Blue Lagoon” is located, in recent weeks.
In total, more than 23,000 tremors have been recorded since October 25, including more than 400 in the last 24 hours, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Institute (IMO).
According to the Icelandic newspaper Vikurfrettiraround 40 “terrified” visitors packed their bags and hurriedly left the site a few hours before the official announcement of the site’s closure.
Ground swelling, caused by an accumulation of magma at a depth of 5 kilometers, was detected on October 27 by IMO.
The phenomenon continues at a similar pace without any upward movement of magma – probably leading to an eruption – being detected at this time, the meteorological agency reported on its website.
Over the weekend, the IMO clarified that “there are currently no clear signs that magma is approaching the surface”, but that the situation could change quickly.
These phenomena are common in this volcanic region, geologists recalled: the peninsula is located on the mid-Atlantic ridge, one of the most important on the planet, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates move away from each other.
This is the fifth swelling observed in the region since the resumption of seismic activity on the Reykjanes Peninsula in December 2019, after around 800 years of dormancy.