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New Video, Lava Covers Two Thirds of Manhattan

Journalist and environmentalist Ómar Ragnarsson flew over Holuhraun last week and shot a new video of the eruption site, published on The video shows the expanse of the new lava field, which now covers 60.7 km2 (23.4 square miles).

Had the eruption occurred in New York City, the lava would now cover more than two thirds of Manhattan, which is 87.5 km2, or two thirds of the Danish capital Copenhagen, which is approximately the same size.

The footage also shows close-ups of the bubbling craters, a red-hot river of molten lava and the steam created when lava flows into glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum, which keeps retreating.

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