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Eruption Continues With Little Change

The eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula that began on May 29 continues with little change as of today.

In a radio interview with broadcaster RÚV this morning, Benedikt Ófeigsson, geophysicist at the Met Office, stated that there was little to report for the moment, and no signs that the eruption is decreasing.

“There are still signs that the ground is sinking at Svartsengi,” Benedikt stated. “In previous eruptions, the magma chamber has usually emptied rather quickly.”

Benedikt continued and said that it is difficult to predict how long this eruption will last. So far, it is behaving similarly to the last eruption and magma is likely coming from great depths. He believes that in the first phase of the eruption, which saw the highest-intensity lava flows, about three-quarters of the magma came up.

Read more about travel safety on the Reykjanes peninsula.

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