The eruption that started at 6 in the morning, February 8th, had slowed down 12 hours later. The new lava ran over the hot water pipelines, connecting the Geothermal Power Plant in Svartsengi, next to Bláa lónið (Blue Lagoon) to the rest of the Reykjanes peninsula. More than 35.000 people living in the area are now without hot water to heat up their houses. The temperature tonight is expected to be more than minus 10°C (14°F). The terminal at Keflavík International Airport is affected. No heating. It will be very cold, but the terminal will be open as usual. Benedikt Ófeigsson, a geophysicist at the Icelandic Met Office, told RÚV that we can expect an eruption in the area, every month, in the near future. Icelandic Times / Land & Saga went to Reykjanes, where people will expect a cold night, and has been urged by the Civil Protection to limit the use of electricity, and close all windows to preserve heat in houses. The hot water is expected to be back in the next two, three days. 

It will cold, coming to work at Njarðvík harbour after cold night

Street life in Reykjanesbær, forth largest town in Iceland…. a town without hot water, to heat up the houses

 

The hot water tanks in Reykjanesbær. It took six hours to empty them, after the new lava melted the pipeline from the Geothermal Power Plant in Svartsengi

Iceland covered by snow (ice) earlier today. The eruption is clearly visible in this satellite images published by University of Iceland

Another satellite image, closer, published by University of Iceland

Reykjanes 09/02/2024 – A7R IV : FE 1.2/50mm GM

Photos & text : Páll Stefánsson