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Volcano update: expert interview in English

04.03.2021 - 14:45
Mynd: Veðurstofan / Veðurstofan
Geologist Helga Kristín Torfadóttir, who is a PhD candidate in volcanology and petrology, and who runs the popular @geology_with_helga page on Instagram, spoke today with RÚV English to answer a few questions about what's going on under the Reykjanes peninsula.

The situation remains very fluid and it is impossible to predict precisely what will happen, but scientists are able to make predictions with a good level of confidence: "We have, of course, a lot of geological knowledge from this area. There are a bunch of people working  within different areas within geology and geophysics, and by combining all those data we are finally seeing what is really going on," Helga Kristín says. "It has been a very quick event. It's been a week and every day we have to evaluate what is really going on: is this going to die down?"

To helga Kristín the probable answer is still no, despite the fact that activity levels dropped slightly overnight: "I think we should be expecting an eruption soon. It's very unlikely that this is going to go completely down, but it could go down and then pick up again in maybe a few weeks or a few days, but we will get an eruption eventually. It's not a matter of if. It's a matter of when," she says.

You can listen to the whole interview, in English, by clicking play above.

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Helga Kristín Torfadóttir (picture from Instagram)