Iceland residents describe ‘apocalyptic’ scenes as they flee volcano menace

Iceland residents describe ‘apocalyptic’ scenes as they flee volcano menace

Residents from a small Icelandic city beneath menace from a volcanic eruption have described their ‘apocalyptic’ existence as they concern for his or her future.

Final Friday, 1000’s of Grindavik residents had been ordered to depart because the city was rocked by a whole lot of earthquakes. The small fishing city is 34 miles from Reykjavík and is residence to the well-known vacationer attraction the Blue Lagoon.

Many have been unable to return to the ‘hazard zone’ to gather their belongings, as earthquakes proceed to strike the city.

Andrea Ævarsdóttir’s entire life is in Grindavik and she or he has no thought if or when she is going to be capable of return


Grindavik resident Andrea Ævarsdóttir, 46, advised The Unbiased: “All the things simply appears so unreal, I really feel like I’m in a dystopian film. I’m simply ready to get up from this nightmare.”

The mom was preparing to enter Reykjavík to rejoice her son Björgvin Hrafnar’s sixteenth birthday when their home began to shake on Friday.

“A few of them [the earthquakes] had been like a giant truck had pushed previous your home, the larger ones had been like the identical truck had hit your home,” she mentioned. “All the things was shaking so unhealthy, the flooring had been going up and down.”

The household deliberate on staying in a single day at her mom’s residence, however they had been alerted en route that they had been going to be evacuated so solely had their in a single day baggage and had left their cats behind.

Ms Ævarsdóttir made the tough name to return residence to get her cats and medicine however was stopped at a checkpoint on the primary street Grindavikurvegur. Happily, the mom was granted particular permission to return to gather her tablets and three pets earlier than heading again.

Ms Ævarsdóttir resides along with her two sons Björgvin Hrafnar and Þorgeir Úlfar in her mom’s two bed room condo


Like different Grindavik residents, Ms Ævarsdóttir was allowed to return residence on Monday to gather her belongings however needed to obey a 10-minute time restrict.

She is now residing along with her 16 and 14-year-old sons in her mom’s cramped one-bedroom condo.

Describing the surreality and unhappiness of leaving her residence, she mentioned: “I used to be crying continuous after we acquired to Grindavik, we had been allowed to drive into city.

“We had ten minutes, you don’t have the psychological capability to suppose, I used to be in panic mode, I simply grabbed what I might see.

“I grabbed all the garments I might consider however I left one of many packed suitcases behind.”

A police officer pulls a barrier to dam the street resulting in the fishing city of Grindavik,


The kids don’t but should return to high school as they get better from the shock, however it stays unclear the place they’ll go, defined the mom.

The distraught mom works because the director of a neighborhood and public faculty library and defined the households ‘whole existence is in Grindavik’.

Her residence of eight and a half years remains to be standing however some have fallen to the bottom as a result of sturdy quakes.

“It was actually laborious to see the state of a number of the homes and streets. My home appeared superb however this space is absolutely unstable.”

The household’s three storey residence


Now the mom has to determine whether or not she desires to ultimately transfer again to the city, if it isn’t destroyed by the volcanic eruption.

She says residents have accustomed to residing with earthquakes, however residing on an lively volcano fissure is a special story.

“I really like residing in Grindavik, it’s a very nice close-knit city however now comes the concern if we get to maneuver again, can we wish to transfer again?” she mentioned. “This space is absolutely unstable. Can we wish to expertise evacuation once more?”

Siggeir Ævarsson, 38, is one other Grindavik resident who doesn’t know if he’ll be capable of return to his household residence.

Siggeir Ævarsson had simply forked out 1000’s to renovate his kitchen


The trainer had deliberate to satisfy his brother and sister-in-law however after the earthquakes caught on Friday his brother-in-law urged them to return sooner.

“I’ve seen lots Earthquakes however that is one thing I’ve by no means felt earlier than.

“The sources had been 2km away from our home. Issues had been falling down from cabinets, I used to be standing within the kitchen I assumed, can I even put pans on the range.”

Alongside his spouse and youngest daughter, Þórgunnur Júlía,10, they grabbed their two cats and left.

Siggeir Ævarsson and his spouse Soffía Sveinsdóttir try to stay optimistic regardless of not figuring out if they’ll be capable of return residence


The 38-year-old says he and his spouse, Soffía Sveinsdóttir, 39, have been lucky as his sister-in-law has a spacious home with spare rooms.

Mr Ævarsson was allowed to return on Sunday and was in a position to fill two automobiles with their gadgets.

“It was like going into an apocalyptic film. The city was empty and lifeless. There have been cracks in all places.

“It was very bizarre to stroll into the home, it appeared precisely the identical the lights had been nonetheless on.

“Different homes are cracking in two, my home was superb, however a couple of metres up the street they’re ruined.”

Siggeier and Soffía with their youngsters Emilía Snærós, 16 and Þórgunnur Júlía, 10


As a born-and-bred Grindavikian, the daddy–of-two is making an attempt to stay optimistic and “not take into consideration lava flowing by means of his residence”.

“I’m making an attempt to consider this as extension of a vacation, I’m watching motion pictures, consuming beer and making an attempt to remain optimistic and maintain my thoughts from issues I’ve no management over.”

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