Iceland’s active volcano continues to steadily erupt.
Scientists say it is now emitting more lava and less ash and the billowing column of smoke rising from the crater is settling at a lower level in the sky than it has previously.
Volcanologists are hoping the volcano is entering a less explosive phase.
Pierre Thomas, Geologist, ENS Lyon (Ecole Normale Supérieure) said: “The previous eruption lasted a year and a half to two years. Obviously there are no details available of that. But what could happen is that if the lava comes out at the exact same place, the ice of the glacier will melt around that fissure and generally speaking there will be less and less ice around the spot where the lava is emitted.
“So, if the lava is emitted at the same place, the explosiveness of the volcano should progressively decrease. That’s what we are hoping.”
There is little hope though of an improvement in air travel conditions. Iceland’s meteorological office is warning of strong northwesterly winds at higher levels making it difficult to guage the impact on aircraft.