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Increased Conductivity Could Mean Glacial Outburst Flood

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Increased Conductivity Could Mean Glacial Outburst Flood

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Photo: A screenshot from RÚV.

Geologists say it is possible a glacial outburst flood is beginning in Jökulsá á fjöllum river, RÚV reports. There are no signs of an eruption, though it cannot be ruled out.

According to the Icelandic Met Office, increased conductivity has been measured in the river in the last two weeks. At one location, Upptyppingar, the value measured was double the usual for this time of year.

The source of the increased conductivity is unknown, but is it likely caused by a drainage of geothermal water from the Vatnajökull glacier, where the river’s source is located.

Experts planned to fly over the area to assess the situation this morning, but the trip was called off due to unfavourable weather. Specialists will continue to monitor automated meters in the area closely.

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