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Too Early to Tell whether Eruption is Over

“We are still detecting minor earthquakes and sporadic bursts of ash, so we are still keeping our guard,” says Magnús Tumi Gudmundsson geophysicist and professor at the University of Iceland regarding the Eyjafjallajökull eruption. Mbl.is reports this today.

He is not ready to declare that the eruption is over. “We may not be nervous about the eruption, but neither do we want to speak too soon,” he added.

During an eruption which lasted from 1821 to 1823, there were long periods during which nothing happened. The volcano under the glacier last erupted on June 7th. It therefore has been quiet for 24 days.

The rule of thumb, according to Gudmundsson, is that a volcano has to be quiet for three months in order to be able to declare that an eruption has stopped.

Click here to read more about the Eyjafjallajökull eruption.

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