The eruption has ended

The eruption which lasted almost 54 days has ended.

The eruption which lasted almost 54 days has ended. Photo/Hörður Kristleifsson

The eruption in Sundhnúkagígar crater row has ended. However, magma collection continues under the Svartsengi. This is stated in an announcement from the Icelandic Met Office.

“Experts from the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management flew drones over the eruption site at Mt Sundhnúkur last night and there was no activity in the crater. Volcanic eruption had been decreasing yesterday and no lava splatter was visible from the crater last night. This volcanic eruption, which lasted for almost 54 days, has therefore ended,” the announcement reads.

Magma accumulation continues

The announcement states that the magma accumulation under Svartsengi is ongoing.  

“However, magma accumulation continues under Svartsengi and probability calculations assume that approximately 13 million cubic metres of magma have been added to the magma chamber since the eruption began on March 16. It must therefore be considered probable that magma will run back from the magma chamber under Svartsengi to the Sundhnúkagígar crater row before long.”

The Met Office will continue to monitor the situation closely at the eruption site.

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