This morning a helicopter crew from the Icelandic Coast Guard flew over and took new photos of the eruption in Geldingadalur.
This was done during a trip with scientists from the Icelandic Meteorological Office to assess the lava flow and the size of the fissure vent.
The eruption surprised everyone when it started in the valley of Geldingadalur on the Reykjanes peninsula at 20:45 (8:45 PM) last night, but the good news is that the eruption is a relatively small one so far and is located in a completely closed valley, and shouldn’t cause any damage to nearby settlements.
The fissure is about 500-700 meters long (1,640-2,300ft), and the eruption started where the seismic activity has been at its highest in recent days.
The last eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsular was some 800 years ago.