A few days after the spectacular volcanic eruption in Iceland, the residents of the evacuated town of Grindavík can now return to their homes overnight. You can also celebrate Christmas there, as the Icelandic broadcaster RÚV reported on Friday evening, citing the police.
The risk is justifiable, said local police chief Úlfar Lúðvíksson. However, he doubted that many people will spend the holidays there.
Icelandic Civil Defense had previously announced that the public security level would be lowered from emergency to danger level. Even in RÚV's live streams, glowing red lava could no longer be seen in the snowy area at that point. However, the Icelandic Meteorological Office has so far considered it premature to declare the eruption over.
The volcanic eruption began late Monday evening on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwest of the capital Reykjavik. It was the fourth on the peninsula in three years. The lava bubbled out of a kilometer-long fissure in the earth. As the week progressed, the intensity of the eruption continued to decrease. Since Thursday, the residents of Grindavík, a few kilometers south of the lava field, have been allowed to return to their homes, at least during the day.
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