Athugið þessi frétt er meira en 5 mánaða gömul.

New crater at “smallest but most popular” eruption

12.04.2021 - 15:10
Mynd: Grímur Jón Sigurðsson / RÚV
Despite new craters that opened on the 4th, 5th, and most recently 10th, April, the Geldingadalir/Meradalir volcano remains the smallest eruption in Iceland for many decades, but it is the country’s most “popular” of all time.

Never before have people in the most populous part of the country had such easy access to a volcanic eruption in what could be considered their backyard. All eruptions are dangerous, but this is nevertheless what is sometimes referred to as a ‘tourist eruption’.

There are now four erupting craters along a line roughly one kilometre long, and no signs the eruption is coming to an end. It could potentially continue for months or years. 

The video above shows all four craters and the natural spectacle that has drawn tens of thousands of visitors. 

Precipitation monitoring in the immediate area shows that rain and snow are very acidic and polluted with chemicals. The Met Office plans to increase such monitoring in towns and cities on the Reykjanes peninsula, where gas pollution has been recorded, though not over recommended limits so far. 

Feeds from both RÚV eruption webcams were lost around 22.00 last night and repairs were not possible before this morning. They are both working again now.

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