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Volcanic Activity in Iceland Comes in Waves

The activity in the volcano underneath the Eyjafjallajökull icecap in south Iceland fluctuates but there are no indications that the eruption is winding down. Yesterday a series of earthquakes were detected underneath the icecap which indicates that magma is still being thrust out of the mantle.

The eruption in Eyjafjallajökull. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

According to research conducted by the Icelandic Meteorological Office and the University of Iceland Institute of Earth Science, the volcanic cloud reaches a height of five kilometers above sea level on average, and sometimes extends up to six kilometers. Lava flow is minimal and the volcanic unrest stable, Morgunbladid reports.

Keflavík International Airport reopened yesterday after a three-day closure. Flights to and from the airport will be on schedule today as the airport currently lies outside the danger zone, according to ash distribution forecasts. However, passengers are asked to pay close attention to developments.

Although Icelandic airports can remain open today, the ash from Eyjafjallajökull is disrupting flights elsewhere in Europe. According to visir.is, seven airports in Spain are closed for the day.

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