Every second from a new crack between Geldingadalur and Meradalur about seven cubic meters of magma flows out, and the total flow is about 10 cubic meters per second.
These are the results of measurements taken by scientists at the Institute of Geosciences at the University of Iceland based on aerial photographs taken from an airplane today.
Two new eruption fissures opened about 700 meters northeast of the craters in Geldingadalur. Their length is up to 300 meters.
At the time of the eruption of lava from the crack at the eruption site, there were from 400 to 500 people, and they were immediately evacuated.
Lava flows down to Meradali and forms a lava field there. It is believed that the new fissures will be fed from the same eruption channel as the Geldingadalur eruption. This is part of the same magma penetration that scientists first noticed during the earthquake that began in late February.
“This area is more dangerous than it used to be,” says Christine Jonsdottir, conservationist at the Icelandic Meteorological Office.
The narrow lava river now quickly flows into Meradali.
According to Christine Jonsdottir, it is almost impossible to enter the area without being in danger.