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Iceland: New Craters open up. “We saw the Earth open up”


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Jón Kjartan Björnsson, a pilot at Nordurflug told mbl.is that when he was flying a sight-seeing flight at just before seven P.M. on Wednesday he saw a sudden flash of light and then a new rift opened up before his very eyes.

“This happened suddenly and five minutes later a rift appeared, about 100 meters long”, he said. The split went south towards the other crater. The new rift is not in the same direction as the old one, this one goes from north to south”. The new row of up to seven craters is closer to Thórsmörk and came up in the middle of the flowing lava forming the “lava fall” into Hvannárgil.

“We did land on a hill a few hundred meters from the crateer to allow people to take pictures, but we didn not stay long. I deemed it safer to take off again and land at Hótel Rangá”, Jón Kjartan Björnsson said.

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