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Lightning Strikes at Volcanic Eruption Site in Iceland

Twenty-two flashes of lightning were measured above the volcanic crater on the Eyjafjallajökull glacier in south Iceland from midnight until 4:30 am—more than the entire day yesterday.

The previous eruption on Fimmvörduháls. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Some minor earthquakes measuring 1.2-2.3 on the Richter scale were also measured during that time period. The eruption continued with constant force last night but after 4:30 it subsided somewhat. The spout reached a height of 8.5 kilometers, ruv.is reports.

There is still significant ash fall in the immediate area—it is very dark at the foot of the glacier. The ash cloud is dense from Núpur in the west to Vík in the east but there is not as much ash fall in the Mýrdalssandur sand plain east of Vík anymore.

According to police, it is like driving into a wall when approaching Núpur from the west. One cannot see the ground from the car.

Click here to learn more about the ash fall and the necessary precautions.

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