Volcanic Fissure in Iceland Might Be Growing

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Volcanic Fissure in Iceland Might Be Growing

Geophysicist Steinunn Jakobsdóttir at the Icelandic Meteorological Office said the activity in the Fimmvörduháls volcanic eruption in south Iceland is slowly increasing and it is likely that the fissure is growing towards the northeast.

Fimmvörduháls is popular for hiking. The photo is not directly related to the story. By Örvar Atli.

The flow of Krossá river increased suddenly this morning and the water temperature rose be a few degrees, ruv.is reports.

Jakobsdóttir said a longer fissure doesn’t necessarily produce more ash and it should not be assumed that the neighboring volcano Katla will erupt in direct continuation of the current eruption, although there is a certain connection between eruptions in the two volcanoes.

Björn Gunnarsson of the Air Ground Rescue Team of Reykjavík (FBSR) told mbl.is that lava is now flowing down the Hvannárgil canyon. He and his team flew around the eruption zone at noon.

The FBSR team was the first observe the eruption from air today. They were taking pictures and estimating the situation for the coordination center of the Civil Protection Department in Skógarhlíd in Reykjavík.

Gunnarsson warned others against flying around the eruption zone—conditions are stormy.

Click here to watch a slideshow taken east of Hella this morning.

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