“The eruption continues to rumble on, with continuing quite spectacular fissure eruption activity,” Grapevine’s volcanologist friend James Ashworth reports in his new column. While he confirms that all talk of a new mountain forming was basically ‘media spin’, the speculations aren’t entirely untrue according to him.
“A row of ‘scoria cones’ is forming along the fissure, made up of small lava fragments from the fire fountains. This could reach a few hundred meters high, potentially – think of something like Eldfell or Helgafell on Vestmannaeyjar. It’s not going to form anything like upturned boat-shaped Hekla overnight,” James confirms, ever the voice of reason.
Check out the story of his visit to the eruption site last night and the photos he shot of the eruption in ERUPTION REPORT #3.
As for the eruption itself, it has been pretty samey-samey since Sunday as far as we can tell, although there will always be room for rampant speculation in the media. We will report any interesting things as it happens.
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ALSO, you will probably be interested in looking at these webcams pointed towards the eruption site (target is in Icelandic, but the linkage should be pretty self explanatory).