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Iceland Volcano Eruption Shows No Signs of Stopping

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In September 14, 2014 photo, an aerial picture taken shows a plane flying over the Bardarbunga volcano spewing lava and smoke in southeast Iceland. (Bernard Meric/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 04:04 PM

Scientists continue to study Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcanic system, releasing new video footage of lava from the volcano, which has been erupting for the past month.

The eruption is sending earthquake tremors throughout the area.

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Scientists from the University of Iceland’s Institute of Earth Sciences used lava from the volcano to boil water and posted a video online.

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The eruptions began after earthquakes in late August caused a fissure to open, spewing lava.

The lava field covers 14 square miles. Rikke Pedersen with the Nordic Volcanological Center at the University of Iceland said the event has produced more lava than any eruption since 1947, NPR reported. She said the Eurasian Plate and the North American Plate are spreading apart, causing Iceland to expand as lava flows into the gap.

Live video feeds of the area are available online.

Seismic activity has lessened from the first weeks of the eruption, Iceland officials said in a Sept. 19 news release. About 20,000 small earthquakes have been recorded in the area during the past month.

The University of Iceland tweeted on Wednesday that the volcanic activity doesn’t appear to be declining.



The university is tweeting updates, photos, and lighthearted anecdotes about work at the volcano.



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