1000’s of earthquakes recorded over the previous few days have led to the pre-emptive closure of the Blue Lagoon, a preferred vacationer vacation spot in Iceland.
The biggest of these earthquakes was of reasonable power, in accordance with the Icelandic Meteorological Workplace, the nation’s climate service. It reported that there have been 1,400 earthquakes recorded within the nation over a 24-hour span from Wednesday into Thursday. 1000’s extra have been reported within the days earlier than.
Consequently, the administration of the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa in Grindavik, determined to briefly shut the resort recognized for luxurious lodging and enjoyable vistas that may embrace the Northern Lights. The precautionary closure began Thursday and can final for per week, till Nov. 16.
“Blue Lagoon has proactively chosen to briefly droop operations for one week, regardless of the authorities not elevating the present degree of uncertainty throughout this era of seismic exercise,” Blue Lagoon Iceland introduced in a press release posted on its web site.
“After many days of seismic exercise within the space, and an evening with highly effective earthquakes, the disruption to our friends and extended pressure on our workers was the first cause behind our choice,” the Blue Lagoon mentioned. Yearly a whole lot of hundreds of individuals go to the spa, which had a document 1.3 million guests in 2017, in accordance with the Blue Lagoon’s web site.
Iceland, a rustic of lower than 400,000 individuals, has greater than 600 pure scorching springs. The volcanic island will get the higher a part of its warmth and power from geothermal sources. However that heat water has additionally lengthy been a part of the island’s tradition, turning bathing in public swimming pools right into a sociable nationwide pastime. (It might even be the rationale for residents’ happiness.)
The nation additionally has about 130 volcanoes, most of that are lively. Iceland is above a scorching spot, a spot with “abnormally excessive magma exercise,” in accordance with the nation’s tourism web site, which notes that different well-known scorching spots embrace Yellowstone Nationwide Park and Hawaii.
The climate service mentioned it might proceed to assessment the info on earthquakes, including that “the seismic exercise final evening and this morning is an instance of this episodic seismic exercise that may be anticipated whereas magma accumulation is in progress.”
“The truth that there are actually bigger earthquakes than earlier than within the space doesn’t essentially imply an elevated fee of magma accumulation,” it added.
The International Volcanism Program on the Smithsonian Establishment, which tracks volcanic exercise around the globe, mentioned in its weekly report on volcanic exercise that there was “no indication of magma migrating to the floor.”
Iceland’s official web site tells vacationers that volcanic eruptions are comparatively common but unpredictable: “Because the flip of the nineteenth century, not a decade has passed by with out one; nevertheless, it’s solely random whether or not they go off in fast succession or with longer areas between eruptions.”