Volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson told RÚV that the lava is getting thicker. He reckoned that the lava flow was 300 to 400 cubic meters (about 10,000 cubic feet) per second. The action is now greater on the northern side of the fissure.
News 2014 - August
According to volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson, the eruption in Holuhraun lava field is more powerful now than it was this morning.
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake occurred in Bárðarbunga caldera just after midday today. This is the ninth earthquake over a magnitude 5.0 to occur in the area since a level of uncertainty was first declared in Bárðarbunga two weeks ago.
The eruption which started in Holuhraun lava field this morning is 50 times larger than the eruption which occurred in the same area on Friday morning, according to professor of geophysics Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson.
The eruption can currently be viewed on the Bárðarbunga webcam. It show the eruption from a distance and then zooms in.
The fissure eruption which started in Holuhraun, north of Vatnajökull glacier, this morning is producing lava fountains of up to 60 meters (200 feet).
“This eruption is much more powerful than the one on Friday night,” University of Iceland technician Sveinbjörn Steinþórsson, who also saw Friday morning's eruption, said this morning.
The new lava from Friday morning's eruption at Holuhraun has both beautiful and peculiar formations. The lava is still warm and steam continues to rise.