The volcanic eruption at Litli-Hrútur was determined to be at an end over the holiday weekend. Morgunblaðið reports.
The eruption was declared officially over on Saturday, August 5. Further volcanic activity on Reykjanes would be considered a new eruption.
However, volcanologist have speculated that the recent series of eruptions on the Reykjanes peninsula signals the beginning of an era of increased volcanic activity in the region. According to volcanologist Þorvaldur Þórðarson, it is “probable that we will have another eruption near the latest one, possibly two or three additional eruptions.”
According to Þorvaldur, it is characteristic of such eruptions to occur along a linear rift, where one eruption triggers the next. Such fissure eruptions can involve multiple eruptions spread out over years.