Third Fissure Opens in Fagradalsfjall: New Webcam

Vala Hafstað

The eruption saga in Fagradalsfjall mountain, Southwest Iceland, continues. Part three began at midnight when a third fissure opened between the other two, mbl.is reports. This had been expected after land subsidence was noticed between the two eruptions yesterday.

Mbl.is had just installed a second webcam with a view of eruptions one and two when the third fissure appeared, conveniently located at the center of the frame. It is about 420 meters (460 yards) north of the original eruption, and the lava stream flows into Geldingadalur valley. See for yourself. A livestreeem of the original eruption will be accessible here. It is temporarily down due to technical problems. 

The eruption site opened to hikers at 6 am this morning. People are asked to dress warmly, to exercise caution, follow directions, and to respect disease prevention rules. They must, too, be ready to evacuate the area at short notice, should conditions change for the worse. Provided there are no unexpected developments, the area will remain open until 6 pm. There are southeasterly winds in the area today, carrying volcanic gases toward the north and northeast of the eruption site. 

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