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New Lava Area Continues to Grow

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New Lava Area Continues to Grow

Holuhraun new lava river

The area covered by lava marked in white. The glowing new lava rivers are also shown. Photo: Institute of Earth Sciences.

Since Friday, a new lava river has emerged at the Holuhraun eruption site, flowing 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the craters. As a result the area covered by lava is 2 sq km larger, mbl.is reports.

The Institute of Earth Sciences estimates that the new lava is at least 46 sq km in area, which is 23 times larger than the Principality of Monaco, or close to one and a half times bigger than Macau (China), which has a population of 624,000 or two times the population of Iceland. If the new lava area was inhabited with the same population density as Macau, 854,128 people would fit in the area.

The eruption is continuing with similar intensity to recent days. The SO2 pollution will affect people living in North Iceland today, from Eyjafjörður in the west, including Akureyri, to Kópasker in Öxarfjörður in the northeast.

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