Iceland, a major supplier of seafood for the fish and chip industry, is facing a potential threat as the chance of a volcanic eruption rises, prompting a state of emergency and evacuation orders in the southwestern town of Grindavík.
The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) has declared a considerable risk of eruption on or near the Reykjanes Peninsula, where Grindavík is located. Experts warn that an eruption could happen at any time in the next few days, with a 15km-long river of magma currently active under the peninsula.
If there is an eruption and the magma reaches the sea, it could cause explosive interactions with seawater, creating ash clouds that could affect the visibility and safety of fishing vessels and aircraft. The ash could also contaminate the seawater and harm the marine life, reducing the availability and quality of fish.
In the coming days, we will be closely watching for updates on the volcanic situation, hoping that the situation resolves quickly and seamlessly.