Too early to say Iceland volcanic eruption is over

isl-volcano-little1The Icelandic Meteorological Office has recorded significantly lower volcanic activity at Fimmvorduhals in recent days and today’s earthquakes have not increased the lava flow.

There are several signs that the volcano near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in South Iceland is slowing down, says earth scientist Armann Hoskuldsson. The official danger level has been lowered accordingly to ‘high’ from ‘emergency’. Volcanic activity has not increased since the 3.2 earthquake early this morning. The land has begun to sink back and the lava flow has slowed considerably.

Helicopter pilots are confirming the lower activity from the air. Hoskuldsson stops short of saying the eruption is ending; but says several signs indicate that is the case. Travelling conditions in the area are being made difficult today by high winds.

Photos: Agust Rafnsson

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