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More Big Quakes in Bárðarbunga, Pollution in the East

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More Big Quakes in Bárðarbunga, Pollution in the East

Toxic gases in Holuhraun

Toxic gases are being emitted in the Holuhraun eruption. Photo: Jóhannes Benediktsson.

Three earthquakes above magnitude 3.0 have been measured around Bárðarbunga volcano under Vatnajökull glacier since midnight, the strongest of which, of magnitude 5.2, occurred at 4:30 am, approximately 7 km (4.6 miles) northeast of the volcano.

The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun north of Vatnajökull continues, as can be seen on webcams, ruv.is points out.

According to the Icelandic Met Office’s forecast, sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution from the Holuhraun eruption site will likely be carried with westerly winds to the east across Hérað, Egilsstaðir and the East Fjords today.

In the evening, winds might start blowing in from the northwest, carrying gas to the southern East Fjords and Höfn.

Measurements of air quality can be found on the webpage loftgaedi.is. The Icelandic Met Office issues forecast on its webpage and warnings if conditions change for the worse.

Information on the SO2 pollution is now also available in English on the website of the Environment Agency of Iceland (see the tab to the right, Info and FAQ).

People who feel discomfort are advised to stay indoors, close their windows, turn up the heat and turn off air conditioning if there is visible haze. Use periods of good air quality to ventilate the house.

If you are outside, breathe through your nose as much as possible. Individuals with respiratory and/or heart diseases are strongly advised to have their medication with them.

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