Red Lava River at Dusk: Video

Vala Hafstað

Access to the eruption site in Fagradalsfjall mountain, Southwest Iceland, will be closed today, mbl.is reports. A new fissure opened yesterday about 700 meters (less than half a mile) northeast of the original eruption that began March 19 in Geldingadalur valley. Overnight, land subsidence occurred between the two fissures, suggesting the possibility of yet another new fissure opening.

At a press conference this morning, Chief Superintendent Rögnvaldur Ólafsson stated that specialists are assessing the situation and deciding how to best secure people’s safety in the area.

Last night, mbl.is photographer Kristinn Magnússon and Morgunblaðið photographer Jón Halldór Arnarson filmed the new lava stream with a drone at dusk. See for yourself how fast the lava river flows from the mountain into the snow-covered Meradalir valleys. 

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