The most recent data published by the Institute of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland indicates that the flow of lava from the Meradalir eruption has slowed significantly. Where the lava averaged 11 m³/s from August 4 – 13, the most recent information indicates a much lower level of 3 – 4 m³/s from August 13 – 15.
As of August 16, the flow was recorded at 2 m³/s, but geologists say that these figures are relatively uncertain. The report can be seen in a Facebook post from the University of Iceland’s Institute of Earth Sciences.
Weather over the weekend allowed for information to be collected by aircraft. Imagery from the Pleiades satellites, a European satellite constellation for high-resolution imaging, has also been used to monitor the flow.
In the recent report, it is also noted that working with such time spans of days and weeks is especially difficult. It is currently impossible to say whether the recent decrease represents a temporary low in a long-term eruption, or if the eruption is already beginning to wind down.
The eruption is currently closed today because of the weather, but those interested can still watch the live webcam feed.
Those planning on visiting the site in the coming days may also want to read our short guide to visiting the eruption site.