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Holuhraun Lava Now Covers 70 Square Kilometers

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Holuhraun Lava Now Covers 70 Square Kilometers

A radar image of the new lava

Photo: Institute of Earth Scienes.

The area covered in new lava from the Holuhraun eruption now measures 70 square km (27 square miles), a 7-square-km larger area than two and a half weeks ago, visir.is reports.

For comparison, the Eyjafjallajökull icecap, Iceland’s sixth largest glacier, is 78 square kilometers and Þingvallavatn, the country’s second-largest lake, 82 square kilometers.

The new lava has been dubbed Nornahraun or ‘Witches’ Lava’ after the abundance of strands of hair-like glass fibers created when eruption materials are blown into the air and spun around by the wind. In Icelandic the fibers are known as nornahár or ‘witches’ hair.’

Ninety earthquakes were recorded in Bárðarbunga volcano in the 24 hours to midday yesterday, nine of which were between magnitude 4 and 5.

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