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Fagradalsfjall volcano (Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland): 4th eruptive fissure opened

Sun, 11 Apr 2021, 16:49
16:49 PM | BY: MARTIN
The fourth eruptive fissure captured on live webcam (image: RÚV webcam)
The fourth eruptive fissure captured on live webcam (image: RÚV webcam)
People should avoid the danger area (red lined) due to unexpected new lava flows (image: IMO)
People should avoid the danger area (red lined) due to unexpected new lava flows (image: IMO)
People watch the lava flow field (image: @brianemfinger/twitter)
People watch the lava flow field (image: @brianemfinger/twitter)
The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) noted that a fourth eruptive fissure opened on 9 April at about 03:00 local time. Located between the second and third eruption site, the new fissure vent started to erupt another basaltic lava flow. Preliminary measurements indicate that the lava flow's discharge rate likely will increase. The all lava flows traveling to Geldingadalir and Meradalir valley.
With the opening another fissures, released sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions from the lava flows and cones have increased and caused heavy gas pollution detected around the eruptions sites.
Scientists warn people about opening a new fissures with little to no warning in the next few days or weeks that could pose an acute danger to people. An attached map shows a danger (red line) area where a new lava flows suddenly could start to erupt that is difficult to avoid. This indicates that the flux of magma is located at shallow level and pushes its way up to the surface.

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Thu, 8 Apr 2021, 08:37

Fagradalsfjall volcano (Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland): 3rd eruptive fissure opened yesterday

Aerial view of the all eruption sites (image: IMO)
A third eruptive fissure opened yesterday at midnight. Located between the first and second eruption site, the new fissure vent started to erupt basaltic lava flows traveling mostly into the Geldingadalir valley, but also into the Meradalir valley where a new lava flow field is growing. ... Read all
Mon, 5 Apr 2021, 22:11

New eruptive fissure opens 1 km northeast of current eruption site

The new eruptive fissure that opened today in Iceland (image: Almannavarnir / facebook)
A new eruptive fissure opened today approx. 1 km northeast of the so-far active eruption site. The seismic network detected at 11:37 local time a sharp peak in tremor at 1 km depth, which announced its formation shortly after as magma broke through the surface along a new section further upslope on top of the active magma intrusion underneath. ... Read all
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Fissure swarm 385 m / 1263 ft
Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland, 63.89°N / -22.27°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5) Fagradalsfjall volcano eruptions:
2022 (Aug), 2021
Less than few million years ago (Pleistocene)
Typical eruption style
fissure eruptions, lava flows
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