The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun has now become eight times bigger than the 2010 eruption in Eyjafjallajökll and five times bigger than the 2011 eruption in Grímsvötn, if the volume of volcanic material is converted to the equivalent of solid rock.
Geophysics professor at the University of Iceland Magús Tumi Guðmundsson has calculated the size of several eruptions, ruv.is reports.
According to his calculations, the eruption in Holuhraun now measures 1.3 cubic km (0.3 cubic miles). The eruption in Grímsvötn is 0.25 cubic km in size and the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull 0.16 cubic km.
However, even though the eruption in Holuhraun is big compared to most other eruptions, it is still much smaller than the 1783-1784 Laki eruption, which measures 13 cubic km and is ten times larger than the eruption in Holuhraun.