Areas around the eruption zone on Fimmvörduháls mountain pass in south Iceland have been evacuated because of a new volcanic rift which opened up this evening. Geologists say the rift lies to the northwest of the original crater.
The eruption zone from air. Photo by Bjarni Brynjólfsson.
Vídir Reynisson at the Icelandic Civil Protection Department told ruv.is that the situation is now under control.
According to geologist Ármann Höskuldsson, the new rift is located near the Hvannárgil canyon and might mean that the volcanic activity is moving down into the canyon.
Click here to see the new rift in a live webcam by Míla.