Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier.

Geophysicist: Sub-Glacial Eruption Less Likely

Professor of geophysics Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson said that as long as the Bárðarbunga caldera is not sinking faster and the eruption in Holuhraun remains stable, the probability of a sub-glacial eruption decreases. However, volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson remains certain that the current...

Holuhraun Crack forming

Eruption Stable, Pollution Reaches Reykjavík

The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun continues at a similar rate and the subsidence of the Bárðarbunga caldera continues. On Saturday residents in Reykjavík noticed a smell of sulfur and there was a haze over the mountains in the east.

Lava at Holuhraun

Holuhraun Eruption: Status Report

The largest earthquakes at Bárðarbunga last night measured magnitude 3.6 at 12:11 am, magnitude 3.7 at 12:14 am and magnitude 3.8 at 2:27 am. There have been no major changes in seismic activity, according to the latest update on the website of the Icelandic Met Office.

The Holuhraun eruption fissure and ash.

Eruption Update, Pollution Warning, Sheep Roundup

The Icelandic Met Office has issued a new warning due to high concentration of sulfur dioxide (SO2) from the Holuhraun eruption. Scientists flying over the Bárðarbunga area yesterday reported no new changes in the surface yet assume that the caldera is continuing to subside. Farmers are rounding...


Bárðarbunga Eruption Major Worry

The probability of an eruption in Bárðarbunga is now thought to be increased due to a steady lowering of the surface above the volcano’s crater. This greatly worries scientists and Civil Protection Department representatives.


Scientists Worry about Air Quality

Gas emissions at the eruption site remain high. As the concentration of gas at the site can be life-threatening, people should wear gas masks and carry gas meters. Scientists have had to leave the area as levels of gas reached dangerous levels due to sudden changes in wind conditions.

Jökulsá á Fjöllum

Lava Flows into Glacial River

The lava at Holuhraun is now flowing into Jökulsá á Fjöllum glacial river. So far this has had little effect, but the lava is now flowing faster than before, at a speed of 80 to 100 meters/hour (250 to 330 feet/hour), which is about twice the speed of the flow yesterday. This was observed by...

Lava at Holuhraun

Bárðarbunga Eruption More Likely, Geophysicist Says

The Iceland Met says the Holuhraun eruption is stable. However, depressions have been observed in the glacier. Geophysicist Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson told RÚV yesterday that this means that it is more likely that Bárðarbunga will erupt in the near future. The magma collected under the...

The eruption in Holuhraun on September 3, 2014.

Two New Fissures Form near Glacier

Two new fissures have appeared midway between the eruption in Holuhraun and the edge of Dyngjujökull, according to RÚV’s reporter Lára Ómarsdóttir, who is currently flying over the eruption site.

The eruption in Holuhraun on September 3, 2014.

Holuhraun Eruption: Status Report

The following information on the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun was extracted from the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management’s National Crisis Coordination Center’s status report, sent to the media this afternoon.