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Photos: Glowing Lava Fall in Holuhraun

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Photos: Glowing Lava Fall in Holuhraun

The lava fall. Photo: Institute of Earth Sciences.

A lava fall has formed in Holuhraun in the northeastern highlands. A branch of the lava river flowing from the crater has reached the edge of the new lava field in the north and cascades like a red-hot waterfall over the edge and down to the sand plains below.

The above picture was posted on the University of Iceland’s Twitter account yesterday. The accompanying text said that the new lava field is continuing to expand and now covers almost 75 square km (30 square miles), which is larger than the Reykjavík metropolitan area.

Approximately 130 cubic meters (4,600 cubic feet) of magma flow from the Bárðarbunga volcano magma chamber under Vatnajökull glacier every second through the intrusive dike and erupt in Holuhraun, ruv.is reports (mbl.is reported yesterday that 60-100 cubic meters of lava were being emitted every second).

IR editor and photographer Páll Stefánsson flew over Holuhraun on Tuesday and captured pictures of the lava river, which he says are his “most spectacular yet.”

The result of his fourth and fifth trip to the eruption site will be published in the upcoming issue of Iceland Review magazine (click here to subscribe).

More photos of the lava fall can be seen here.

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