- November 12, 2023
- Posted by: OptimizeIAS Team
- Category: DPN Topics
Section: Places in news
Context: State of emergency declared after 800 tremors in 24 hours in Grindavik
More about the news:
- A state of emergency is declared in Iceland following a swarm of 800 earthquakes in under 14 hours, with a magnitude of 5.2 near Reykjavík.
- Over 24,000 quakes have been recorded in the Reykjanes peninsula since late October. While seismic activity has somewhat diminished, scientists expect it to continue.
How many active volcanos does Iceland currently have:
- Iceland has 33 active volcanoes which have erupted over 180 times in the past 1,000 years.
- Iceland experiences frequent seismic activity due to its location on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
- One of Iceland’s most famous volcanoes is Eyjafjallajökull. In 2010, this volcano erupted and caused a massive ash cloud to spread across Europe
- Other famous volcanoes include Hekla, Grímsvötn, Hóluhraun, and Litli-Hrútur (part of the Fagradalsfjall system).
Some facts about Grindavik:
- Grindavík is located on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which separates the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
- It is a fishing town on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland.
- It is home to the world-famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.
- The lava field surrounding Grindavík is called Illahraun, or “the evil lava.”