Iceland volcano ash production slowing

iceland-sattelite26The amount of ash falling around the South Iceland Eyjafjallajokull glacier has reduced according to meteorologists – but that does not mean the eruption is coming to an end.

According to meteorologist Halldor Bjornsson, it is not possible to say the reduced ash fall means the eruption is winding down; but farmers are welcoming the development nevertheless. At its peak, 750 tonnes of ash were spewing out of the volcano every second. The eruption has been upgraded from small to medium in size.

According to journalist aviator Omar Ragnarsson, who flew over the volcano this morning, the intensity of the eruption does seem to have reduced noticeably from yesterday. Ash is being thrown up to a height of 15 to 16,000 feet, which is much lower than previously.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office is predicting ash fall to continue all around the edges of the glacier today. Southerly winds will bring rain later in the day and as it swings to the west, ash falls can be expected east of the Eyjafjallajokull glacier. Tomorrow the northerly wind is expected to return, blowing ash to the south, RUV reports.

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