Icelanders (and others) have heard the stories about volcanoes being the gateway to hell before. Hekla, Iceland’s most famous volcano, was thought to house demons that danced around the crater and at Askja, just north of the current eruption, tourists bathe in a crater called Víti, which means '...
Fifty earthquakes have been picked up by sensors around the Holuhraun eruption site since 7 pm yesterday, according to the Icelandic Met Office’s update this morning.
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution from the Holuhraun eruption could be detected in Hvalfjörður, West Iceland, yesterday evening and in Norðlingaholt suburb of Reykjavík in the early afternoon.
The Holuhraun craters are 900 meters above sea level and even though plenty of heat is being pumped out the temperature in the area is well below zero on Celsius (32°F). The lava is surrounded by snow and that makes an often beautiful effect when the heat and the cold mix.
Here is a really unique set of videos of Holuhraun, made by drone photography. Eric Cheng, director of aerial imaging for drone maker DJI, joined our friend, Icelandic photographer Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson.
The Holuhraun eruption seems brighter on webcams than it has been lately. Last night some people thought a new fissure might have opened up. This is not the case.
Very high sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution from the eruption in Holuhraun has been detected by Lake Mývatn in Northeast Iceland since late last night, with levels shooting up to as much as 6,000 μg/m3 at the Reykjahlíð school.
The eruption activity in Holuhraun and seismic activity around Bárðarbunga volcano under Vatnajökull glacier remain stable, according to the latest scientific updates. The largest earthquake to hit Bárðarbunga since 7 pm yesterday was of magnitude 4.8.
Since Friday, a new lava river has emerged at the Holuhraun eruption site, flowing 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the craters. As a result the area covered by lava is 2 sq km larger.
Around 25,000 earthquakes have registered on the Icelandic Met Office’s equipment since August 29. The eruption is one of the largest in the world.
Surtsey Island was formed in an eruption below sea-level. The Surtsey eruption is among the longest eruptions to have occurred in Iceland in historical times.
The eruption in Holuhraun, in northern Vatnajökull, is one month old today. The eruption is one of the biggest in Icelandic history in terms of the quantity of lava.
The lava is now over 44 square kilometers (17 square miles). It grows by almost two square kilometers per day.
Stefan Erdman describes waking up in Möðrudalur and realizing that there is an eruption taking place.
An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 shook the northern rim of Bárðarbunga at 2 AM this morning. A total of 17 quakes have registered this morning, most in the northern part of the Bárðarbunga crater.
On October 26, 1961, the Askja volcano suddenly started erupting. Even though the volcano had brought misery to the nation a hundred years earlier, not many were afraid this time. Now more than half a century later the public sees the photos taken on the journey by a father and son, Reynir and...
We have been discussing the beauty of two natural phenomena at the same time, northern lights and the glowing lava shooting out of a crater. Photographer James Appleton managed to capture a series of beautiful photographs that show both Aurora Borealis and an eruption in the same frame.
The new lava at the Holuhraun eruption site has in several places crawled over the only road to the site, road F910.
Pollution from the eruption will drift to East and Southeast Iceland today, from Fáskrúðsfjörður in the north to the southeastern corner of Vatnajökull and the town of Höfn in the south.
Ten earthquakes were automatically detected in Bárðarbunga and another ten in the dike beneath northern Dyngjujökull glacier between midnight and 6:48 am this morning. This is a similar rate to what was observed yesterday morning.
According to volcanologist Haraldur Sigurðsson, Bárðarbunga volcano is now sitting right on top of the earth’s hot spot.
The volume of the lava from the Holuhraun eruption is one of the greatest in recent history. It could contain over 150 Empire State Buildings, 100 Eiffel Towers or over 200 Khufu Pyramids. The volcano has even produced enough lava to build the Great Wall of China 1.5 times over.
The lava flows erupted since the beginning of the Holuhraun eruption cover around 37 square km and comprise a total volume of 0.4-0.6 cubic kilometers.
The sulfur dioxide (SO2) emitted from the Holuhraun eruption has reached up to 60,000 tons per day and averaged close to 20,000 tons since it began. For comparison, all the SO2 pollution in Europe, from industries, energy production, traffic and house heating, etc., amounts to 14,000 tons per...