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Grímsvötn Eruption Like Typical Katla Outburst

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.

During the first 24 hours of the Grímsvötn eruption the ash fall had already reached the volume of the entire eruption in Eyjafjallajökull last year, he stated, according to

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.

Click here for general information about the eruption in Grímsvötn from Promote Iceland.

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