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Eyjafjallajökull/Fimmvörðuhálsi eruption opens a new fissure 31 March 2010

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Icelandic broadcaster RUV reports tonight that a new fissure has opened at the Eyjafjallajökull/Fimmvörðuhálsi eruption site. At Fimmvörðuhálsi right now it is (a) getting dark and (b) snowing so it’s hard to get a good webcam picture: this capture from a clear period at around 19:40 GMT is the best I could do. If it is clearer later there should be some spectacular night-time pictures [EDIT: see pictures from 20:08 and 21:46 GMT below).

Eyjafjallajokull fra Fimmvorduhalsi 2010-03-31

The yellow arrow on the left marks the location of the new eruptive fissure, from which incandescence (more dancing fire fountains) can just be made out. The red arrow on the right indicates the main fissure.

EDIT: A picture from slightly later, around 20:08 GMT:

Eyjafjallajokull fra Fimmvorduhalsi 2010-03-31

EDIT: and another, from 21:46 GMT. Positively Dantesque:

Eyjafjallajokull fra Fimmvorduhalsi 2010-03-31

For all our Eyjafjallajökull coverage: Eyjafjöll « The Volcanism Blog.

Ný sprunga myndaðist – RUV, 31 March 2010

Global Volcanism Program: Eyjafjöll – summary information for Eyjafjallajökull, which the GVP calls Eyjafjöll (1702-02=)
Eyjafjallajökull eruption March 2010 – summary of events from the University of Iceland’s Nordic Volcanological Center
Photos from Fimmvörðuháls – images and information from the Iceland Meteorological Office

The Volcanism Blog



1. René Goad - 31 March 2010

Yes I just noticed it on webcam about 50 mins ago. The activity has increased and you see a new fountain.

2. Chance Metz - 1 April 2010

Well I think it is safe to say now that the eruption is not slowing down after all.

3. Jón Frímann - 1 April 2010

Here is a video of the new fissure when it was starting.


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