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Risk map for the Holuhraun eruption.

New Eruption Risk Map Published for North Iceland

The limits of the closed-off area around the Holuhraun eruption site have been changed by the police authorities following a new hazard assessment by the Icelandic Met Office for sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas pollution. The red-coded area stretches from Kverkfjöll in the north to Hrossaborg in the...

The lava at Holuhraun running into river Jökulsá á Fjöllum

New Risk Map for Holuhraun Eruption

A new risk analysis for the area around the Holuhraun eruption is currently being conducted and a new risk map will be issued next week, according to the latest Scientific Advisory Board of the Department of Civil Protection, issued yesterday.

Holuhraun eruption by night, December 8, 2014

Eruption Could Continue Until Summer, Concerns about Pollution

The eruption in Holuhraun could continue until at least the beginning of this summer, possibly another year, according to Andri Stefánsson, professor in geochemistry at the University of Iceland. Andri spoke at a community meeting in Reyðarfjörður, East Iceland, on Wednesday.

The lava river in Holuhraun.

Holuhraun Lava Field Thickens Substantially

Comprehensive cross-section measurements of the eruption in Holuhraun taken from the air on December 30 and January 21 show that the lava field has thickened substantially during these three weeks and that the volume of the lava field is now just under 1.4 km3.

A helicopter above the Baugur crater in Holuhraun.

Holuhraun Eruption Gases Studied

Research on the gases being emitted at the Holuhraun eruption site will be the subject of a new study. Six different kinds of gases are being emitted at the site. The volume of gas is unusually large compared to the amount of magma.

SO2 pollution haze in Reykjavík on November 4, 2011.

Volcanic Gases Cause Health Problems

Both scientists working at the Holuhraun eruption site and those guarding the closed-off area have suffered serious health problems because of toxic gases emitted by the eruption. Since the eruption started in late August, doctors have noticed increased respiratory problems.

Baugur crater, Holuhraun eruption.

Mývatn Residents to Name New Lava

According to a new bill on place names currently being handled at Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, it is the responsibility of the respective municipality to name new natural phenomena within its borders, which means that the regional authority in the Mývatn area is to name the new Holuhraun...

The size of the Holuhraun lava field on January 10, 2015.

New Images of Holuhraun Lava Field

A new map shows progressive additions to the new lava field in Holuhraun since January 1. The lava now covers an area the size of Manhattan. A thermal image shows where the main volcanic activity is currently taking place.

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