Volcanic tremors at Iceland’s ongoing eruption paused briefly yesterday evening before starting up again. Some experts took the change in activity as a sign the eruption may be ending. Activity has however picked up once more.
The eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula has now lasted for more than three months, and experts have stated there is no way of predicting when it will end. Yesterday evening, volcanic tremors at the site paused between 8.30pm until around 2.00am, when they started up again. “There were pulses but it was calmer between them from around eight-thirty until two o’clock last night,” Sigþrúður Ármannsdóttir told Vísir.
Geophysics Professor Páll Einarsson posted a graph of the activity on Facebook yesterday evening, with the caption “Beginning of the end??” However the activity picked up some hours later.
Lava field up to 20 metres thick
According to new data published yesterday by the University of Iceland’s Institute of Earth Sciences, the lava flow at the eruption site has remained relatively steady over the past two months. It now measures around 13m3 per second, roughly double the output the eruption had in its first six weeks. The lava field now has a surface area of 3.82km2 (1.47mi2) and is up to 20 metres (65.6 feet) thick in some areas. Authorities have put up several barriers to delay the lava from reaching Suðurlandsvegur road, but it is considered inevitable if the eruption continues.