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Lava flows have merged

08.04.2021 - 11:07
Mynd: Ljósmynd/Þór Ægisson / Ljósmynd/Þór Ægisson
The volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula is creating lava flows from three locations in a roughly kilometre-long area. All three locations are part of the same magma dyke and the flow of lava from them into Geldingadalir and Meradalir valleys has now merged into one lava field. The above drone footage, taken during snowfall yesterday, shows the extent of the landscape change.

The eruption was opened again to visitors at 06.00 this morning after being closed last night due to gas pollution. People are advised not to visit today, however, as the weather is cold and the scientific council is meeting to re-evaluate the status of the eruption and any possible risks it poses. It is already clear that new fissures can open with very little warning. 

“We can say that the eruption has just expanded to the northeast. It is this exact same line as can clearly be seen on a map. It is just a continuing fissure opening to the northeast, about one kilometre,” says Kristín Jónsdóttir, head of natural disasters monitoring at the Met Office. 

Could the three sites merge into one kilometre-long erupting fissure? “That the whole way opens up...yes, we cannot rule that out,” Kristín says. 

A new hiking trail has been pegged out and opened. It starts at the same spot as the old trail but avoids the very steep part with a rope for people to hold onto, and instead takes a shallower route to the east, ending at a spot from which all the erupting fissures are visible. 

RÚV cameraman Þór Ægisson flew a drone over the volcano yesterday in the snow and managed to capture how significant the ongoing changes to the landscape are in the local area. 

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