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The Eruption - It’s All Over!

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The Eruption - It’s All Over!

The glowing lava at Holuhraun.Photo: Institute of Earth Sciences.

After six months the eruption in Holuhraun is over—at least for now. The eruption was one of the biggest and most dangerous in Icelandic history, spewing toxic gases all over the country and filling a very large area with lava.

Luckily, it was literally as close to being in the middle of nowhere as possible in Iceland, being to the north of Vatnajökull glacier.

The first signs of something going on came on August 16 with fierce earthquake activity, and little by little scientists realized that a volcanic outbreak was inevitable. The first news of an eruption came on August 23, when earthquake meters indicated that there was an eruption under the glacier. This caused fear all over Europe, because people still remembered the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010 which shut down the European airspace for days.

This eruption quickly subsided, but a few days later an eruption began north of the glacier. In October, volcanologist Haraldur Sigurðsson predicted that the eruption would end on March 4. He was off by four days.

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