The new mouth of the Fagradalsfjall volcano in southwestern Iceland is taking shape. Lava flows out of it, as well as from the main crater.
When the new vent was first discovered on August 9, it was too early to tell if it was a new crater or just a tiny hole in the main crater. However, the South Iceland Volcanology and Natural Disasters Group issued the following statement yesterday:
"On the webcam next to the crater, a new vent is visible, from which lava is splashing. This hole has been visible in recent days, but at first it was thought that the lava was simply flowing out through the rim of the crater. Now, however, it is becoming quite clear that it is an independent vent., separate from the lava lake in the crater. Around this vent, near the main crater, a small crater bowl has formed."
The team posted another post last night describing the latest developments:
"A new crater in the Geldingadalir Valley has grown rapidly today as lava escaped from it with great force, creating even higher splashes than in the large crater. At the moment, its height is close to the height of the main crater or may even exceed it."