A Third Fissure Opens Up at the Volcanic Eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula

The eruption area can now be seen at night from Reykjavik, but luckily it poses no danger to the capital area. Photo by Magnús Lyngdal Magnússon.

At midnight local time, a third fissure opened up at the volcanic eruption taking place on the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland.

This new fissure opened up right between the two current ones, adding quite a bit of lava to the area, but at this stage it’s hard to say exactly how large the latest fissure is.

Einar Hjörleifsson, a nature conservation specialist at the Icelandic Meteorological Office, says that civil rescue teams overseeing safety at the area saw the Earth crack open about 420 meters northeast of the original eruption site in Geldingadalur.

Einar says that the clock actually struck midnight just as the new fissure cracked open and spewing lava became visible on webcams set around to monitor the area at night. Einar added that the lava is flowing in the direction of the original volcano, in Geldingadalur valley.

The latest fissure can be seen clearly on the left side in this live video of the area:

Live video provided by RÚV, The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service

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