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Reykjanes Eruption: Activity Decreases, Lava Flow Continues

Volcanic activity has decreased significantly at the Geldingdalir eruption on Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula. The volcanic tremor at the site began fluctuating around ten days ago, dropping five times during that period before activity rose again. According to Geophysicist Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson, however, the lava flow from the eruption does not appear to have decreased.

“It changed of course ten days ago or so and went into this unstable mode, where it has blasted up quite a bit and then been very quiet in between. Now there is a quiet period where there has been very little activity for over two days and the last ten days are a bit calmer than the average has been,” Magnús Tumi told RÚV.

Experts have previously stated that the eruption could last years or decades but have made it clear there is no way to predict when it will stop. According to Magnús Tumi, it’s difficult to say whether this new phase indicates the eruption is coming to an end. “There can be fluctuations in activity. But it seems to be slowing down. It would come as no surprise if it were, as most eruptions in this area don’t get much larger than this. But it’s not possible to confirm anything at this point.”

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