Iceland Faces ‘New Chapter’ of Seismic Activity as Lava Menaces Town

January 15, 2024

Living in a country that straddles two tectonic plates and has 130 or so volcanoes, Icelanders are no strangers to earthquakes and eruptions. In response to a potential eruption, Iceland has built defensive barriers around a geothermal power plant, which supplies hot water to the area, and around other potentially vulnerable sites nearby. Hordur Gudbrandsson, 63, leader of a local labor union, said that, before Sunday’s lava flow, business owners in Grindavik had been planning to reopen. He cited an eruption of the Eldfell volcano in 1973, which dumped ash and lava over much of Heimaey, in the Westman Islands off southern Iceland, destroying several hundred homes. “If you live in Iceland,” Mr. Arnason said, “You have to manage to live with the nature.”The post Iceland Faces ‘New Chapter’ of Seismic Activity as Lava Menaces Town appeared first on New York Times.