New rift opens at Icelandic volcano

volcano-ii-little2A new rift has opened up at the erupting Fimmvorduhals volcano in South Iceland.

Photos: Agust Rafnsson

The new rift is to the east of the existing one and seven new lava flows have opened, with two of them more energetic than all the others, reports. Volcanologists say the new development took them largely by surprise; but current measurements show that the new rift has had little effect on the intensity of the original eruption.

The new rift is round 300 metres in length and visitors to the area are advised to remain extremely cautious.

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