Recently, Iceland faced an emergency situation as there was a potential threat of a volcanic eruption in the southwest, specifically endangering the town of Grindavík. The Icelandic Meteorological Office observed a significant number of earthquakes in the area, indicating the formation of an underground magma tunnel that could reach Grindavík. Authorities were worried about the possibility of larger earthquakes triggering an eruption. The Civil Protection Agency urged residents to evacuate calmly, emphasizing the importance of preparedness. The US Embassy in Iceland issued a volcano alert, warning of potential hazards like lava, toxic gases, and smoke. The renowned Blue Lagoon thermal pool was closed due to seismic activity. Iceland, located on a tectonic plate boundary, has frequently experienced volcanic activity, with numerous active volcanoes and eruptions occurring regularly since 2021.

Grindavik residents faced a swift evacuation due to heightened seismic activity and a detected magma buildup, hinting at a potential eruption. The evacuation, limited to daylight hours, prioritized essential item retrieval. A magma corridor beneath the town prompted concerns, leading to an orange aviation alert for volcanic ash risks. The Blue Lagoon resort closure followed a magnitude-4.8 earthquake. Geology professor Pall Einarrson noted a 10-kilometer magma corridor extending towards the town and sea.