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No Indications that Eruption in Iceland is Ending

Although the force of the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull glacier in south Iceland is only part of what it was when the eruption was at its height, there are no indications that the eruption is coming to an end. The volcanic unrest is similar to what it was in the past days.

The eruption in Eyjafjallajökull. Photo by Jóhannes Benediktsson.

According to information from the University of Iceland Institute of Earth Science and the Icelandic Meteorological Office, volcanic activity is limited to the northernmost crater and, as water flow down the Gígjökull glacial tongue indicates, the lava flow continues to the north, Morgunbladid reports.

On Saturday the lava had flowed 400 to 500 meters to the north of the crater. The magma flow is estimated to be similar to what it was in the past days, 20 to 40 tons per second.

Yesterday the eruption could only be spotted from Hvolsvöllur and “thuds” from the eruption could be heard in the Fljótshlíd district.

Research has shown that the ash which is currently being emitted from the crater is coarser than during the first days of the eruption. There was only minimal ash fall yesterday.

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