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The people of Grindavik, Iceland, don't know if they can return home

In mid-November, authorities ordered the evacuation of Grindavik, which has a population of about 3,800 people, after a series of earthquakes and suspected lava flows under the city. Later, lava surrounded several buildings and a man died after falling into the fissure.

People have fled their homes and don't know when they can return home – or if it will be safe to live in Grindavik again. On top of that, they have to pay interest on home loans.

The authorities expanded and expanded the scope of support measures. But uncertainty is difficult to manage. No one can say when or where the next eruption will occur on the Reykjana Peninsula – Icelandic scientists say it's only a matter of time.

Among the city's residents At a meeting in January, Brendis Gunnlaugsdóttir said she wished the lava had destroyed her house too — then the uncertainty would be over. She was received with thunderous applause.

-It has been 80 days since the eviction occurred. Within 80 days, the people of Grindavík had no home. Our society is suffering, and we have no idea what the future holds, she told the BBC.

The city of Grindavik is located on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland

Photograph: Marco DeMarco/AP

If the home is destroyed, she will receive compensation, build a new life and begin to deal with the emotional pain caused by the loss of community, believes Brindis Gunlaugsdotter.

– I understand that many Grindavik residents agree that uncertainty is the worst enemy now.

Stool valor björnsson I don't think the government has done enough to help residents deal with the situation. It is believed that the authorities were not adequately prepared for an event like this, even though seismic activity has been ongoing for three years.

– So far, all the procedures have been characterized by speed and confusion, and the information provided to the residents of Grindavik has confused people instead of solving problems, he tells the BBC.

About a quarter Residents were given six hours over the weekend to inspect their homes and take their belongings with them. 432 damage was reported to homes in Grindavik, and of the 266 homes inspected, 53 were considered completely destroyed. Then there are still about 100 homes and 30 other structures that need to be inspected, TT wrote.

In recent days, the ground near the sites of previous eruptions in December and January has risen, and warnings have been issued that another major eruption could occur as early as the next few days. During Saturday, more than 430 earthquakes were recorded around Grindavik.

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