The Reykjanes Eruption: Lava Flow Remains Steady Skip to content

The Reykjanes Eruption: Lava Flow Remains Steady

By Gréta Sigríður Einarsdóttir

Lava flowing from the crater in Geldingadalur on the Reykjanes Peninsula
Photo: Golli. Lava flowing from the crater in Geldingadalur on the Reykjanes Peninsula.

The University of Iceland’s Institute of Earth Sciences has published its latest findings on the size of the lava and the lava flow from the ongoing Geldingadalir eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula. The data is based on aerial photographs taken on a flight over the eruption site yesterday. Aerial photographs were also used to build a model of the lava flow in and around Geildingadalir.

The total flow from all craters in the past five days has been on average just over 6 m3/s. this number is similar to the long-term average, 5,6m3/s over the 38-day duration of the eruption so far.
The matter produced by the eruption is now 18.4 million cubic metres and the lava stretches over 1.13 square kilometres at an average thickness of just over 16 metres.

The eruption is close to the city and has proved a popular destination for hikers, as well as some four-legged Icelanders. Over 55,000 trips have been taken to the eruption site by hikers but the RÚV live stream of the eruption recently caught an arctic fox casting a glance at the eruption on his way around the peninsula.

University of Iceland Institute of Earth Sciences

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