Glacier Flood in Grímsvötn Volcano

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Glacier Flood in Grímsvötn Volcano

By Zoë Robert
Skeiðararsandur

Skeiðarársandur. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

A glacier outburst flood (jökulhlaup) has started in Grímsvötn volcano. According to measurements by the University of Iceland’s Institute of Earth Scientists, the water volume in Grímsvötn is similar to during the glacial outburst flood in November 2012, ruv.is reports. 

It is not considered likely that the flood will cover the road on Skeiðarársand or the bridge over Gígjukvísl river. The bridge was replaced when it was swept away during a huge glacial flood in 1996.

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