The crater is getting quite full

“You can see on webcams that the edge of the crater is getting quite full. It’s been building up quite well overnight.”

This is what Minney Sigurdardóttir, a natural hazards expert at the Icelandic Met Office, says about the status of the eruption at Litli-Hrútur.

The volcano has been stable all night. Meanwhile, about twenty earthquakes have been recorded in the area since midnight.

"There's not much to see in the unrest. It's grinding out there and enjoying itself," Sigurdardottir says.




Not unusual for lava to flow underground

The lava flow now appears to be entirely underground. Sigurdardottir says that is not unusual.

“The surface solidifies and there are channels forming underneath, so it’s just plain and happens often, so the surface happens to collapse and you’ll see the lava again, or not.”

Minney encourages people to monitor air quality on as well as the Met Office’s gas pollution forecast. Gas pollution in the capital area can be expected today, as well as in Vogar.


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