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New Iceland Eruption Causes Glacial Flooding

The water level by the glacial tongue Gígjökull on the northern Eyjafjallajökull has increased significantly since last night. Before the new eruption began the water level was 75 centimeters, now it has exceeded two meters and continues to rise.

The old eruption site on Fimmvörduháls. Photo by Bjarni Brynjólfsson.

The Coast Guard airplane TF Sif is currently flying over Eyjafjallajökull with earth scientists and reporters on board. They are in direct contact with the Icelandic Civil Protection Department, ruv.is reports.

They have confirmed that there is glacial flooding on both sides of Gígjökull and that the water level in the lagoon in front of the glacial tongue is constantly increasing. The water that flows into the lagoon is dark in color.

However, the water flow has yet to reach the peak of spring thaw.

Visibility is very limited in the area but the airplane’s crew has spotted a cloud of volcanic ash and smoke which extends 12,000 to 14,000 feet into the air and appears to be coming out of the glacier’s summit.

Magma is melting its way through the icecap; there is a circular ice free area by the summit measuring approximately 200 meters in diameter.

The Ring Road, Iceland’s highway No. 1, is closed between Skógar and the crossroads to Gunnarsholt east of Hella.

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