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The site in the Icelandic volcanic zone must be evacuated again

The site in the Icelandic volcanic zone must be evacuated again

As of Monday evening, everyone should have left Grindavik.

REYKJAVIK (APA/dpa) – The town of Grindavik on Iceland's Reykjanes Peninsula, which was hit by a volcanic eruption, must be evacuated again. The responsible authorities ordered the renewed evacuation of the town with a population of 4,000 on Saturday, according to a statement issued by the Civil Protection Authority based on a risk assessment conducted by the National Meteorological Office. Everyone must leave Grindavík by Monday evening, and from then on residence there will be prohibited.

The place is still classified as dangerous after the earthquakes in November, and there is an increased risk of volcanic eruptions. A volcanic eruption occurred north of Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula just days before Christmas, the fourth in three years.

Grindavik had already been evacuated beforehand, while the new eruption was announced by a week-long series of earthquakes. The earthquakes caused severe damage in the area, including deep cracks in roads. According to Icelandic media reports, a worker allegedly fell into one of these cracks a few days ago, and the search for him has now been called off without being found.

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