Fagradalsfjall volcano update: Activity continues without significant changes, slowly decreasing trend

Tue, 1 Jun 2021, 14:52
14:52 PM | BY: T
Lava fountain activity at Fagradalsfjall last night (image: RUV webcam)
Lava fountain activity at Fagradalsfjall last night (image: RUV webcam)
The eruption continues without significant changes, although overall, its intensity seemed to have been decreasing during the past week.
Episodes of lava fountaining had been becoming more rare and weaker, and the eruption style has for most time been purely effusive: lava erupted from the vents directly is going directly into lava tubes to feed more distant locations of the slowly growing flow field, or into shorter near-vent surface flows.
Last night around midnight, however, an uptick of activity could be seen. Several pulses of low lava fountains occurred at the main crater and lava flow activity seemed to increase at least temporarily.
So far, the newly built western dams (to prevent lava flows going towards and cutting the ring road) seem to hold.

Previous news

Sun, 23 May 2021, 18:27
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. ... Read all
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