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Volcanic Crater in Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull Expands

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Volcanic Crater in Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull Expands

The crater in the caldera of the volcano in Eyjafjallajökull glacier has grown. Coast Guard airplane TF-SIF flew over the eruption site yesterday.

The crater seen from air. Photo by Jóhannes Benediktsson.

The crew couldn’t see the eruption but radar pictures show that the crater has expanded to 200 meters in diameter and has grown 150 meters tall, Morgunbladid reports.

The volcanic cloud was light in color, stretched to the east and three to five kilometers up from the crater. Ash fall was insignificant.

Rumbling could clearly be heard from the eruption site but no lighting has been seen in the volcanic cloud since April 19.

Lava is flowing underneath the glacier to the north of the crater and is melting the ice above and to the sides. There are no indications that the eruption is drawing to a close.

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