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Volcano eruption in Iceland may drag on for years

In Iceland, the eruption of the Fagradalsfjadl volcano, which woke up on Friday, March 19, may continue for several more years and become a new point of attraction for tourists.

Thorvaldur Thordarson, a professor of volcanology at the University of Iceland, says that everything depends on the volume of lava that comes out of the bowels, Reuters reports on March 24. Since the beginning of the eruption, it flows out at a speed of 5 to 10 cubic meters per second. According to the expert, this flow is too fast for the lava to solidify and close the crack in the volcano.

“If the volume becomes less than 3 cubic meters, most likely, the eruption will stop,” Thordarson said.

The professor does not rule out that the natural phenomenon will drag on for years and turn into an “ideal attraction” for tourists. As an example, he cited the Puu-Oo volcano on the island of Hawaii, the eruption of which began in 1983 and lasted 35 years.

The incident was triggered by the divergence of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, between which voids were formed, which began to fill with magma. Fagradalsfjadl has not erupted for 800 years.

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