Eruptions and Politics (BJ)

By Benedikt Jóhannesson
The news this week was all about: eruption, eruption, eruption. But what else was going on?
Gases are being emitted from the lava in the Holuhraun eruption.

Toxic Gases from Eruption Go up Six Kilometers

Toxic gases from the Holuhraun eruption have been measured at altitudes of up to 6 km (4 miles). Mostly they contain sulfur dioxide and scientists found some poisoning effect in the first days of the eruption. Up to now 40 million cubic meters (1.2 billion cubic feet) of lava have flowed out of...

The Holuhraun eruption on September 3, 2014, 11 pm.

Cracks in the Surface in Eruption Area (Video)

There are still no signs of a sub-glacial eruption in Bárðarbunga, which would cause a flood, but one possible explanation for the unrest in the intrusive dike yesterday is that the magma has come into contact with water through underground fissure systems.