It is now confirmed that an eruption has started in Grímsvötn in Vatnajökull Glacier. The smoke from the eruption can be seen from many places in south Iceland according to RÚV television.
Grímsvötn erupting in 2004. Photo Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review
Geologists have been expecting an eruption in Grímsvötn this year and hence the eruption will not be a surprise. Sveinbjörnsson said that a flood in Skeidarársandur was to be expected following an eruption. Before any further predictions would be made on a flood, the exact location of the eruption would have to be figured out.
The public safety commission has been notified. “We have sent a warning to England so that flight routs can be adjusted if necessary.”
Eruptions in Grímsvötn are quite frequent, every ten years on the average and are generally short and small.
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