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Photo: Birgir V. Óskarsson – Náttúrufræðistofnun. March 20.

Eruption Reduces from Two Craters to One

Although still ongoing, the Reykjanes eruption that began on March 16th has more encouragingly reduced from two craters issuing lava into the air to just one, mere days after an announcement from the Icelandic Met Office that two craters were still active.

Hard to predict what happens next

Speaking to RÚV, national hazards expert Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir said that while the crater Sundhnúkagígar is still active, the other remaining crater has ceased apparent activity since last Friday. “It’s a particular development and it’s difficult to predict what will happen next,” she said.

She added that lava has been more or less contained to the lava pool within the crater itself. On occasion, lava does manage to splash out of the crater, in an easterly direction.

Downgraded, but still active

The news comes mere days after Civil Protection downgraded the eruption area from “emergency phase” to “alert phase” (applying strictly to the eruption area; not the country as a whole).

In the wake of this the Blue Lagoon has opened to guests once again.

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