“Iceland’s Blue Lagoon in Danger: Will Tourists Survive the Volcanic Eruption?”

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Iceland has declared a state of emergency due to the looming danger of a volcanic eruption

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The town of Grindavik has been evacuated as authorities have been on alert after weeks of tremors indicated a magma intrusion is forming underground close to Grindavik on the Reykjanes peninsula 123

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The Blue Lagoon, a popular tourist destination, has been closed as a precaution

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The heightened geological activity is concentrated in the southwestern Reykjanes Peninsula, which was dormant for 800 years before a 2021 eruption

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Over 20,000 tremors have been detected by the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) since late October, with 1,400 in the 24 hours to midday on Thursday

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Magma - molten rock - was accumulating at a depth of around 5km (3m) northwest of Thorbjorn mountain

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The town of Grindavik would have around “a day and a half” notice in the event of an imminent eruption 

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There is no risk of another massive explosion comparable to the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in 2010, which shut down northern European airspace for days

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Icelandic authorities are preparing for a possible volcanic eruption in the southwest of the island after a series of earthquakes and magma flow

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Experts warn of potential heavy damage to the town and nearby tourist destinations