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New Eruption Likely in Coming Weeks

By Andie Sophia Fontaine

Photo: Civil Protection and Emergency Management.

The eruption that began northeast of Sýlingarfell on the Reykjanes peninsula on May 29 is over, but a new report from the Icelandic Met Office states that a new eruption in the coming weeks is likely.

Quakes few, but land rising continues

Seismic activity at the former eruption site is very light at this point, the report states. The lava which was headed for Svartsengi power plant has stopped flowing. In all, the lava which issued forth covers some 9.3 square kilometres with a volume of 45 million cubic metres.

It appears the matter is far from over, however. Land rising is not only continuing in the Svartsengi area; it began rising faster at the eruption’s conclusion, and is now rising faster than it did prior to the May 29 eruption.

Difficult to predict

Naturally, a time table for when or if an eruption may happen is not possible to pin down, but scientists believe it likely that an eruption will occur within the coming weeks.

Scientists are monitoring the situation closely, and we will provide any updates as they arise. For more on recent volcanic activity in Iceland, check out our video page for more in-depth analysis, including visits to the eruption site.

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