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Reduced Ash Fall Expected at Iceland Eruption Site

There are indications that water has stopped entering the volcanic crater on Eyjafjallajökull glacier in south Iceland anymore and lava has begun to spurt. This might reduce the formation of ash and ash fall.

The eruption site on Saturday. Photo by Bjarni Brynjólfsson.

The Coast Guard airplane TF-SIF left Reykjavík with a team of scientists on board for an expedition to the eruption site this morning, ruv.is reports.

Team member Björn Oddsson at the University of Iceland Institute of Earth Sciences said a cloud of smoke still rises from the crater but it is light in color and doesn’t contain much ash.

The cloud also doesn’t extend as high into the air anymore, which is an indication that water is no longer flowing into the crater.

However, there is a constant flow of water underneath the glacier, Oddsson said, which minimizes the risk of flooding.

Yesterday glowing magma started spurting out of the crater. This morning a helicopter in the vicinity reported an eruption of lava and great explosions.

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