Magnús Tumi Gudmundsson, professor in geophysics at the University of Iceland, said at an information update meeting at the Civil Protection Department control center today that the eruption in Grímsvötn volcano is of the same size as a typical Katla eruption.
The early hours of the eruption in Grímsvötn. Photo by Patrick J. Dorflein.
Katla lies underneath the Mýrdalsjökull icecap and at one point, scientists speculated the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull would trigger an eruption in Katla. However, Katla remains quiet.
Gudmundsson added that the Grímsvötn eruption is now practically over, the volcanic plume has lost so much height that the ash is only being scattered around the crater itself on Vatnajökull glacier.
He finds it unlikely that there will be a lava flow as water is constantly flowing into the crater.
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