Bad Weather at Iceland Eruption Site

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Bad Weather at Iceland Eruption Site

Police in Hvolsvöllur have released an announcement saying there is no weather for traveling near the volcanic eruption on the Fimmvörduháls mountain pass in south Iceland right now. It is stormy and the cooling power of the wind equals -28°C (-18°F).

The lava flow in Hrunagil. Photo by Bjarni Brynjólfsson.

No one is on the mountain pass at the moment; rescue services accompanied the last people down around 3 am last night, mbl.is reports.

The volcano didn’t seem as active last night as it was yesterday and the night before, according to information from the Civil Protection Department. Otherwise there haven’t been many changes to the eruption.

Volcanologist Haraldur Sigurdsson pointed out in his blog yesterday that seismic activity at Godabunga, east of the eruption on Fimmvörduháls, has calmed in the past two days. He believes it might indicate that the eruption has peaked and will now start to decrease.

Fewer people traveled to the eruption site yesterday than on Saturday. Some of the travelers were poorly dressed—one person wearing jeans and a leather jacked had to be rescued from Fimmvörduháls and treated for hypothermia.

Scientists flew with a Coast Guard helicopter across the eruption zone yesterday, monitoring the activity of the eruption and the lava flow.

There are fewer jets of lava but the lava flow is stable, flowing both down the Hvannárgil and Hrunagil canyons.

New lava is now flowing over older lava and is thus flowing at a higher speed. Scientists assume the lava flow will reach the banks of Krossá river within a few days.

There is a risk of toxic fumes accumulating in depressions and hollows and that must be taken into consideration when traveling in the two canyons. Danger can also be caused by steam explosions when the lava flow hits snow and ice.

The storm is expected to calm later in the day.

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