Eruption starts north of Grindavik, lava fountains reach 50 m (164 feet) high, Iceland

reykjanes peninsula iceland volcano eruption may 29 2024

A new eruption started near Sundhnúkur north of Grindavík, Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland at 12:46 UTC on May 29, 2024. The eruption is in the same area as the previous eruption (March/April 2024).

“The lava has flowed about 1 km (0.6 miles) to the west during the first 45 minutes of the eruption,” the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) said at 14:15 UTC.

The lava fountains were reaching 50 m (164 feet) high and the length of the fissure seemed to be around 2.5 km (1.5 miles).

As of 14:05 UTC, the eruptive fissure was about 3.4 km (2.1 miles) long. “The crack has extended further south and is about 300 to 400 m (984 – 1 312 feet) north of the March – April crater.”

reykjanes iceland eruption map may 29 2024
Image credit: IMO

In an update posted at 14:45 UTC, IMO said lava is flowing at a rate of roughly 1 500 – 2 000 m3 (53 000 – 71 000 ft3) per second.

“It seems that the greatest force in the eruption is now at the southern end of the fissure that opened earlier today. According to information from the Coast Guard’s surveillance flight, there is a fairly intense lava flow surrounding Hagafell to the east and then to the south towards Melhólsnáma.

The southernmost opening of the fissure is now less than 1 km (0.6 miles) away from the defenses north of Grindavík.

Gas pollution is reaching the southeast and later east today, and it could therefore be felt in Selvogi and Ölfus, IMO said.

Tonight, the wind direction is expected to turn to the southwest, and therefore gas pollution is carried to the northeast, and it could be felt in the capital area tonight and tomorrow, May 30.

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1 Eldgos hafið – IMO – May 29, 2024


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  1. The one (1) remaining active crater was not that active from late 4 June to early 5 June
    – but a lot of lava flowed from somewhere onto areas not previously covered to the NNW of Hagafell – toward Barrier # L6 (Garour) to the West of the Sundhnukur

  2. Campi flegrei supervolcano is also a hot spot volcano, and most likely the next one to erupt, and many others will erupt as well. The recent solar storms have induced enormous amount of energy at the interior of the Earth. However, during the final phase of the geomagnetic reversal huge amount of energy is always induced at the interior, followed by geological upheaval

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