Fagradalsfjall volcano update: new eruption is estimated bigger than previous one

Wed, 3 Aug 2022, 19:28
19:28 PM | BY: MARTIN
Halldór Björnsson from the IMO flies over the current eruption site (image: IMO)
Halldór Björnsson from the IMO flies over the current eruption site (image: IMO)
Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson, a professor of geophysics, says that the new eruption is likely five-to-ten bigger than the previous eruption, but not the big one.
The new eruption poses no imminent threat to inhabitants and infrastructure as the site is far enough from the closest infrastructure. From the nearby morphology, it seems the lava flow will flow likely into Meradalir valley on the east-southeast or towards the north.
He warns about a gas accumulation as the fissure is in a depression and advises people to be careful.
A larger amount of gas emissions escape from the current site in comparison with the last eruption, says Elín Björk Jónasdóttir from the Icelandic Meteorological Office. A new network for near real-time gas measuring will be installed in the area in the next few days. She adds that the prevailing wind is supposed to change over the weekend.
Source: RÚV volcano activity update 3 August 2022

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