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Increased Volcanic Activity in Fagridalur Last Night

By Ragnar Tómas

Photo: A screenshot from RÚV’s webcam.

Following a three-day hiatus, the Fagradalsfjall eruption intensified again last night, RÚV reports. The eruption, which began on March 19, has now been ongoing for over four months, with over 200,000 people having visited the site of the eruption since then.

Intermittent activity

Volcanic activity in Fagridalur died down Monday, with hardly any lava flowing from the caldera. On the night before Thursday, however, the activity began to increase slightly, with subtle embers being visible through the haze and the dusk. As Thursday progressed, the activity began to intensify, and during the eleventh hour last night – any doubts over the eruption’s continuation were definitively removed.

As noted in a post shared by the Facebook group Eldfjalla- og náttúruváhópur Suðurlands (The Volcano and Natural Hazard Group for South Iceland), the lava has mainly flowed east into Meradalur valley over the past few weeks but may now be beginning to stream along new paths. This slight change in direction may be due to the fact that part of the crater rim collapsed last night.

It’s difficult to assess the current state of the eruption as of this morning, in light of the conditions.

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