Fagradalsfjall volcano update: Lava overflows dam, enters valley towards southern Ring Road now in dager being cut

Sun, 23 May 2021, 18:27
18:27 PM | BY: T
Current map of the lava flows as of 23 May 2021 (image: RUV.is)
Current map of the lava flows as of 23 May 2021 (image: RUV.is)
After the lava overtook the artificial dam that had been quickly built in a (failed) attempt to prevent the lava from entering the Natthagi valley, it entered the valley which is leading towards the southern ring road. As it descended the northern headwall of the valley, it created a beautiful lava fall, then formed a new flow along the bottom of the valley and actually following and covering the hiking path leading from the parking at the ring road northwards to the eruption area.
Its front is now very close to the road, probably less than 2 km away and if the eruption continues at its steady (in fact gradually increasing) lava output rate, which is likely, it is only a question of time when and where exactly it will cut it. Small topographic hills and new artificial dams might only be gaining some valuable time, though.
Watch the following videos of the lava fall and the new lava flow:


Previous news

Sat, 22 May 2021, 23:51
All vents including #5 fissure vent after 2 months since eruption started (image: @geoviews/twitter)
A beautiful aerial picture depicting all vents of the current eruption site where the lava fountain eruptive fissure vent number 5 is still producing lava flows. ... Read all
Sat, 22 May 2021, 23:24
Moments before lava flows overflow defense barriers (image: @mblfrettir/twitter)
The effusive eruption of the volcano continues mostly from the eruptive fissure vent #5 that started to erupt on 13 April. ... Read all
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