Reykjanes Eruption: Two New Fissures Open Skip to content

Reykjanes Eruption: Two New Fissures Open

By Yelena

Geldingadalir eruption Reykjanes new fissure
Photo: Björn Oddsson/Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management.

Two new fissures have opened at the active eruption site on the Reykjanes peninsula in Southwest Iceland. The Met Office reports that the fissures are located approximately 700 metres northeast of the two craters in Geldingadalir valley where the eruption began on March 19, 2021. The new fissures are around 200 metres long and the lava emerging from them is flowing eastward in a narrow stream into Meradalir valley. A new lava field is forming in the valley as a result.

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The eruption site is currently closed to visitors due to gas pollution. Because of the lack of ash and tephra emission in the atmosphere, the aviation colour code for Keflavik International Airport remains orange as there are no imminent hazards for aviation.

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