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New Glacial Outburst Flood Commencing in Skaftá River

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New Glacial Outburst Flood Commencing in Skaftá River

Signs of a second glacial outburst flood from the eastern Skaftárkatlar caldera were detected in Skaftá river by the Icelandic Met Office’s seismographs; shortly after midnight, tremors registered on seismographs in the western Vatnajökull glacier and mud levels have risen in Skaftá river near Sveinstindur mountain.

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Skaftá river.

Water from the eastern caldera is still to be registered by seismographs but should there be a second glacial outburst flood in Skaftá River, it is not expected to peak near populated areas until Friday, ruv.is reports.

The new glacial flood is not expected to be big due to a recent glacial outburst from the caldera; however it is expected to be bigger than last week’s glacial flood now waning.

Travelers are advised to stay clear of Skaftá River or the river banks due to the presence of hydrogen sulphide in the air but it can be damage the mucous membrane both in the eyes and the respiratory tract.

Click here to find the latest information from the Icelandic Met Office

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