The Eruption, Update

The eruption continues, but the fissure closest to the town of Grindavík, who opened at noon yesterday, seems to have died. Three houses have burned, and lava has reached the town. The lava coming up now, runs to the West, along to newly built protection walls, not to the town. There is no hot or cold water, or electricity in Grindavík.

Yesterday (January 14th) The President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson addressed the nation. He said that although everything seems to be in turmoil now, it is important to have faith and hope. The Icelandic people need to show compassion and empathy for the people of Grindavík. “We Icelanders do this together. We will not give up,” said Guðni in conclusion. Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson, professor of geophysics, said to RÚV that the eruption is likely to isolate itself to a few places, and eventually to only one creater. Magnús Tumi says that the power of the eruption is starting to decrease, but it is too early to say how fast it will continue to decline.

A 3D map of the eruption, the first day at 16:40 made for University of Iceland and the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management