Volcanic eruption in Iceland spouts lava, not ash

Lava thrown more than 50 metres into the air

 

 

Lava continues to spout in a fissure eruption near Iceland’s Bárðarbunga volcano. But so far there’s no ash. A day after the country raised its ash alert to red, its highest level, it cut the level back again to orange, the second-highest.

Thousands of earthquakes have hit Iceland’s biggest volcanic system, measuring 190 kilometres by 25 kilometres, over the last two weeks. Fountains of lava since Sunday have been thrown more than 50 metres into the air.

“The fissure eruption is continuing at a stable level,” the country’s Meteorological Office said in a statement. “No explosive activity is observed, the eruption remains an effusive lava eruption.”

Reuters

[pictured: 10-metre-high fountain of lava, Hawaii]

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