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News 2015 - January

Looking over Jökulsárgljúfur through a cave.

Three Iceland Power Plant Options off the Table

The National Energy Authority has decided to withdraw three of the power plant options submitted to the task force working on the third stage of the framework program for energy harnessing and nature protection as they were located within Vatnajökull National Park.

Bessastaðir

Icelandic Literature Prize Announced

Three authors, Ófeigur Sigurðsson, Snorri Baldursson and Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir, were awarded by President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson at the Icelandic Literature Prize ceremony, held at presidential residency Bessastaðir yesterday.

SO2 pollution cloud from the Holuhraun eruption, seen from Reykjavík

Thick Pollution Layer from the U.S. over Iceland

A 1-km (3,280-feet) thick pollution layer which originated from the U.S. East Coast was detected by coincidence at an altitude of 5 km above the Holuhraun eruption site on January 22. Pollution from North America has never been confirmed in the atmosphere above Iceland before.

Sólheimajökull glacier, South Iceland

Glacial Melt Lifts Iceland, Triggers Eruptions

Climate change is causing 11 billion tons of glacial ice to melt in Iceland every year. The glacial melt, which is happening at a faster rate than earlier believed, results in an annual uplift of 35 mm (1.4 in), as a new study concluded. This may lead to more frequent volcanic eruptions.

Hafnarfjörður

Earthquake Hits near Reykjavík

An earthquake of magnitude 3.2 hit nearly 4 km (2.9 miles) east of Helgafell mountain by Hafnarfjörður, a neighboring town of Reykjavík, at around 8 pm yesterday evening. Residents in Hafnarfjörður could feel the earthquake. Some minor quakes followed.

Ásatrú Association conducting a ceremony at Þingvellir

Ásatrú Temple to be Built in Reykjavík

Construction of the first main temple of the Ásatrú religion to be built in 1,000 years will begin in March. The temple will be located in Öskjuhlíð in Reykjavík, a forested hill popular for recreation on which landmark building Perlan (‘The Pearl’) stands.

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