The Meradalir eruption is over

The Meradalir eruption before it all sizzled out.

The Meradalir eruption before it all sizzled out. mbl.is/Kristinn Magnússon

Even though the Met Office has not published an announcement stating that the Meradalir eruption if over, scientists think that will happen soon.

"The eruption is over," says Þorvaldur Þórðarson volcanologist and a professor at the University of Iceland. The last time any fire was seen in the crater in Meradalir was on Sunday, August 21st, over a week ago. At that time the eruption had been active for 18 days.

Þorvaldur Þórðarson volcanologist at the University of Iceland.

Þorvaldur Þórðarson volcanologist at the University of Iceland. mbl.is/Sigurður Bogi

"Detectors are not showing any harmonic murmurs now. The lava flow is at a standstill and there is no sign of volcanic fumes any more. However, there is a lot of heat in the heart of the lava and underneath the hardened exterior. Thus, it would be possible to announce that the eruption in Meradalir is over, but that is the job of the Met Office," says Þórðarson.

The volume of lava from the Meradalir eruption is now 11 million square meters and it covers 1,2 square kilometers, according to data published by the Institute of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland.

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