Iceland’s Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management announced a state of emergency on February 8, 2024, following a volcanic eruption that resulted in lava flowing over and bursting a pipe carrying geothermal water.
This incident has left over 20 000 residents without access to hot water, including Reykjavik’s Keflavik Airport, which, despite losing hot water, continued to operate normally.
The civil protection authority has advised residents in the affected area to limit their use of electric heaters to one per household to prevent power outages. Efforts to restore hot water through an emergency pipeline are underway but are expected to take several days.
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