Volcano lives!

13.09.2021 - 10:08
Mynd: Matthias Vogt / Volcano Heli
After a nine-day holiday, the volcano at Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes peninsula reawakened this weekend. The volcano could be clearly seen from the capital region on Saturday night.

Activity started again on Saturday morning when lava could be seen breaking its way up through the cooled lava field, but it was not before Saturday evening that the crater itself started erupting again. 

Earth scientists have concluded that volcanic activity did not, in fact, stop for nine days. Instead, it was an obstruction in the lava channel that prevented the lava from passing and made the volcano appear to have stopped. Scientists were reluctant to call an end to the eruption, because a weak tremor pulse and gas emissions from the crater were present throughout; indicating activity was ongoing.  

In related news, people wanting to visit the volcano yesterday were left disappointed as police closed the trail due to bad weather. A yellow weather alert for wind and rain remains in place and the volcano is closed to visitors today as well. 

You can see more on safetravel.is and also follow weather conditions on vedur.is. You can also see live footage of the volcano here.

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