Iceland volcano ‘pauses’ - Met office update - 25 May

Tuesday 25, May 2010


Iceland volcano ‘pauses’ - Met office update - 25 May


Latest information received from the Icelandic Meteorological Office indicate that the volcano is no longer emitting any ash but only a steam plume of up to around 10,000 feet.




As a result of this lower activity, UK airspace is not expected to be affected.


Volcanologists and Geologists term this quieter spell of volcanic activity as a ‘paused’ phase. However, it is typical for a volcano like this to have several ‘pauses’ as part of its overall eruption phase. Only when the volcano has been ‘paused’ for three months will it then be regarded as being dormant.


Although no ash is being emitted at the moment, while any volcanic activity continues the Met Office will continue to monitor the situation.



Iceland Met Office report


There is still a considerable amount of steam coming from the crater, but no ash can be seen in it. According to a web camera, the steam plume reaches 2 km/6600ft (a.s.l.). Due to light northerly wind, it is heading south.


Conditions at the eruption site are similar to yesterday, estimated through a webcamera. Earthquake activity has decreased since yesterday; only one earthquake has been recorded since midnight. The eruption seems to be dormant.


However, tremor is still higher than before the onset of the eruption, especially in the frequency band 1-2 Hz.





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