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6.9.2014 15:45:00

New rifts closer to the glacier

 News report from mbl.is 

Guğmund­ur K. Sig­ur­dórs­son, ed­itor of local news-web Sunn­lenska, flew over the new rifts south of the first rift that for­med in Holuhraun. The rifts are closer to Dyngju­jök­ull Glacier. 

"It's scary to see the new rifts so much closer to the glacier than the previ­ous rift," Guğmund­ur said to an mbl.is journa­list. Fresh rifts opened up dur­ing the nig­ht in Holu­hraun, 2 ki­lometers north of Dyngju­jök­ull. Cur­rently, th­ere are no indicati­ons of the erupti­on slow­ing down.

Accord­ing to Guğmund­ur, the new rifts are very long, but not as powerf­ul as the previ­ous one. "It looked more like the new rifts were sizzl­ing and boil­ing," wh­ereas the orig­inal rift looks more like lava exp­losi­ons.

"It's hard to descri­be this. It's all very maj­estic and obvi­ously a lot of power und­erground. The col­ors are amaz­ing and the lava is flow­ing in all directi­ons." Guğmund­ur flew over the Fimm­vörğuháls erupti­on in 2010, and says that this erupti­on looks completely dif­f­erent.












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