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Increased Explosive Activity in Iceland Volcano

By Iceland Review

The explosive activity in the volcano in Eyjafjallajökull glacier seems to be increasing as the volcanic cloud has been larger and darker in color in the past few days than what it was the week prior, according to a new report from the Icelandic Meteorological Office.

The eruption in Eyjafjallajökull. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The same applies to the eruption activity. The report says this increase might be caused because of the interplay between ice and lava in the Gígjökull glacial tongue or changes to the volcanic channel. There is nothing that indicates that the eruption is ending, visir.is reports.

The water flow in the Markarfljót river, which originates in Gígjökull, increased temporarily yesterday and reached the same level as during the flooding of April 30.

Around 7:30 last night webcams showed a steam cloud at the edge of the glacial tongue, which indicates that the ice which has melted has heated up.

A dust storm raged in the area where the most ash had fallen below the Eyjafjöll mountain range yesterday afternoon, Morgunbladid reports.

A dense volcanic cloud filled with ash emerged from the clouds overhanging the mountains and blew across the farmstead of Raufarfell, while old ash was carried with the northwestern wind from the slopes of the mountains, blocking the view.

Close to midnight last night the lava flow from the volcano appeared to have reached the end of Gígjökull. Eyewitnesses told police in Hvolsvöllur that the lava is flowing by the edge of the glacial tongue. A red glow was seen at Gígjökull.

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