Flood to Go Down Dettifoss

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Flood to Go Down Dettifoss

Dettifoss waterfall

Dettifoss. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

A large glacial flood will likely go down the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum towards Öxarfjörður, Northeast Iceland, if the Bárðarbunga volcano erupts, ruv.is reports. 

As reported, a Code Orange was issued this morning in light of increased likelihood of an eruption in Bárðarbunga volcano located in the northwestern corner of Vatnajökull glacier, Southeast Iceland, after continued earthquakes in the area this morning.

The code indicates that the volcano shows heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption. The next and highest level code is red, which is issued when an eruption begins. Color codes, which are in accordance with recommended International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) procedures, are intended to inform the aviation sector about a volcano’s status.

Jökulsá á Fjöllum is the second longest and the most powerful in Iceland, and passes through several waterfalls, including Dettifoss, on its way north to the sea.

Most of the river is part of Iceland’s largest national park, Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður.

Travelers in the area are urged to check updates on the website of the Icelandic Met Office, vedur.is. Iceland Review Online will also continue to follow developments. 

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