Visitors to Iceland have until at least November 16 to go without a visit to the Blue Lagoon, a collection of open pools fed by hot geothermal water. According to the Blue Lagoon management, this is a preventive measure.
The reason is increased seismic activity in the area: according to the Geophysical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, more than 10,000 earthquakes occurred in the southwestern part of the Reykjanes peninsula, where the Blue Lagoon is located, since October 25. This is related to the ever-increasing pressure in the earth’s crust, which could lead to a larger volcanic eruption soon.
The Guardian reported that Icelandic authorities have released evacuation plans for the nearby town of Grindavík, but residents can remain in their homes for now.
Thousands of small earthquakes hit Iceland. There is fear of a major volcanic eruption
Iceland lies on the border of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, so earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are frequent there. The last major seismic activity on the island occurred at the beginning of July also in the area of the Reykjanes peninsula with the epicenter a few kilometers further east.