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The Lava Keeps Getting Larger

Holuhraun

The eruption in mid September. Photo: Völundur Jónsson/Environmental Agency

The intensity of the volcano seems to be steady. A web cam shows the eruption from afar.

During the night, no significant changes were seen in earthquake activity. Last night, at 7.30 PM, an earthquake of magnitude 5.2 occurred at the northern rim of the Bárðarbunga caldera. The largest earthquakes during the night were in the northeastern part of the caldera, between 3.4 and 4.2 in magnitude. All in all, 16 quakes have been detected in Bárðarbunga from midnight, most at the northern caldera rim. Only five earthquakes have been detected under Dyngjujökull, the largest of magnitude 2.0. According to web cameras the intensity of the eruption is unchanged.

The lava is now over 44 square kilometers (17 square miles). The extent as estimated yesterday, based on radar images and observations in the field; area measurements since 26.9.2014. Little changes on the northern edge 27.9 (dark red line), no new information on the southern edge yet. The total area 26.9 was about 44,2 square kilometers, thereof the main field is 43.8 but the southern one 0.37. Vents and/or craters are marked with red triangles, see the trail on the southwestern end. The area covered by lava grows by almost two square kilometers per day.

Area of Holuhraun lava Spetember 26

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