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Monday, May 3, 2021, 7:54 p.m.

07:54 | FROM: MARTIN

Lava fountains, about 300 m high, pulsing at regular intervals of 7 to 10 minutes (image: @ gislio / twitter)

Lava fountains, about 300 m high, pulsing at regular intervals of 7 to 10 minutes (image: @ gislio / twitter)

Lava fountains connected to gas and steam jets visible from the Icelandic capital Reykjavik (image: @ gislio / twitter)

Lava fountains connected to gas and steam jets visible from the Icelandic capital Reykjavik (image: @ gislio / twitter)

The effusive eruption of the volcano continues from all cracks. Activity continued at steady levels in recent days, until it began to fluctuate yesterday.
Starting around 1:00 local time tonight, the spray cone began to erupt higher than the usual lava fountains to maybe 300 m height, characterized by regular pulsation at intervals of 7 to 10 minutes.
Emissions of gas and steam jets were scattered about 300 meters southwest of the site of the eruption.
The reason for this change in activity is not yet clear, but the ejection rate of this eruption appears to be much higher than most previous eruptions at the eruption site, probably caused by a shallow change in magma / gas composition.
Source: Icelandic update of the volcanic activity of the Met Office from May 3, 2021.

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