The eruption in Holuhraun, which began just after midnight, may be the first instance of an eruption starting on live TV. The webcams have been pointed towards the possible eruption area for several days, and those who were watching at midnight were the first to notice the faint glow on the right side of the screen. It was not until a bit later that earthquake meters showed increased activity. This unique event can be seen on a video from national broadcaster RÚV. The webcam could also be seen live on Cable TV Channel 30.
Geophysicist Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson told RÚV that the eruption could more or less be referred to as an "accident." Most indications are that the eruption will not greatly influence the intrusive magma dike, between the eruption site in Holuhraun lava field and south to about 5 km (3 miles) into Dyngjujökull.
According to Magnús Tumi, the volcanic activity might last for quite some time. Geologists have previously pointed to the Krafla eruptions that lasted for eight years.