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Big Lake Formed in Volcanic Crater in Iceland

A lake about 300 meters wide has formed in the bottom of the crater in Eyjafjallajökull. At the edges steam comes up scientists who investigated the phenomenon on Friday reported to mbl.is. Periodically the steam reached the top of the crater and hence became visible from afar.

The eruption in April. Photo: Jóhannes Benediktsson/Iceland Review

To the west, in the side of the crater, a brownish smoke comes from two small openings. Sulfur has formed in the lava just below the rim of the crater. Not much water is flowing from Gígjökull but the Thórsmörk area has been closed to the public.

The volcano has bee silent for two weeks or more aside from a few minor “burps” that do not signify independent activity. Small earthquakes have been measured but no major activity.

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