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There are now clear indications that the Eyjafjallajokull volcanic eruption in South Iceland is about to stop.
Volcanic activity in the area has decreased rapidly over the last day. The journalist, environmentalist and aviator, Omar Ragnarsson flew over the volcano this morning and saw no ash production at all, according to Visir.is.
Volcanologists at the Icelandic Met Office say that a small upsurge occurred at around midday yesterday, but say volcanic activity has been decreasing ever since. It is, however, not yet possible to say that the eruption is definitely stopping. Scientists are on their way to the volcano this afternoon to investigate.
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"What I can confirm is that the activity of the crater has stopped. No magma is coming up" Magnus Gudmundsson of Iceland University told AFP.
"The eruption, at least for the time being, has stopped. Now there is only steam coming out of the crater," he said, cautioning however that "it is too early to tell whether this is the end of the eruption or just a temporary stop in activity."
Experts would be monitoring the volcano, which began eruption on April 14, very closely in the days and weeks to come.