People have seen the fire breaking out in the southwest part of the top crater of Eyjafjallajökull glacier. Visibility is limited due to clouds, but two reports have now confirmed at nine o’clock that an eruption has now melted the ice on the top of the glacier. The crew of the coastguard airplane flying over the eruption saw the fire breaking out at the top. A listener to Ríkisútvarpid in Westmann Isles confirmed this report. The eruption itself started just before seven o’clock according to scientists at the Icelandic Weather Institute.
The top of Eyjafjallajökull Glacier. The eruption started to the left on the photo according to reports. Photo: Benedikt Jóhannesson/Iceland Review
The river Markarfljót is now 100 centimeters higher than before. The floods could be the most dangerous consequence in the immediate future, but an even greater disruption could come from the volcanic ash that could affect flights over the North Atlantic. There is no indication of this at this point.
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