Iceland Volcano LIVE: Nordic country braces for huge eruption that could repeat 2010 flight chaos as its Met Office warns peninsula faces ‘decades’ of instability
RECAP: Scientists reveal just how big an eruption could be – and whether it could produce another huge ash cloud like Eyjafjallajokull in 2010
Earlier in the week, scientists revealed to MailOnline just how big an eruption of the Fagradalsfjall volcano could be, and if it could rival that of Eyjafjallajokull, which saw 50,000 flights cancelled and 8 million passengers affected.
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Icelandic peninsula faces 'decades' of instability, country's Met Office warns
Iceland’s south-west peninsula could see decades of instability, the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) has warned.
Earthquakes and growing fears of a huge impending eruption mark the start of a new ‘eruptive cycle’, the IMO’s Matthew Roberts told the BBC.
Eruptions on the Reykjanes Peninsula began again in 2021 after an 800-year hiatus, and thousands of people have now been evacuated.
‘We expect to see volcanic eruptions along the peninsula, not just repeatedly in the same location,’ Dr Roberts told the British broadcaster.
Instability could last decades, he added.
His team made the shocking realisation last Friday that magma was coursing into the ground and fracturing rock over a nine-mile distance.
The expert said the magma cut through the ground beneath Grindavik ‘almost like an underground freight train.’ Images have since shown fissures appearing in the ground, and further damage to buildings and roads is expected.
Western parts of Grindavik have also sunk into the ground.
Iceland Volcano LIVE: What you need to know on November 17
Good morning and welcome to MailOnline's live coverage of the impending volcanic eruption in Iceland. Here's what you need to know today:
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