The Iceland volcano erupting from Eyjafjallajokull is expected to cause ash fall in the southeast of Iceland today due to gentle north-westerly winds. Relatively small amounts of ash fell to the south of the volcano yesterday and Thursday, which temporarily stopped the farm clean-up operation.
Weather radar shows that the gas cloud reached around three kilometres high yesterday afternoon but the skies over the Eyjafjallajokull glacier began to clear again yesterday evening. Webcams pointing at the volcano showed clouds of steam coming from the rift on the Gigjokull glacial tongue, indicating that the lava running over the glacier is melting more ice under the brand new crust, RUV reports.
The ongoing eruption remains relatively stable and all Icelandic airports and main roads are open as usual, causing an increasing flow of visitors eager to see the volcano – although close-up viewing remains prohibited by police.
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