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Iceland Met Issues Report on Katla Volcano

​Katla can be one of Iceland’s most dangerous volcanoes. Earthquake activity in Katla this summer has provoked interest and fear that an eruption might be imminent. Iceland Met does not think so and has issued a report explaining why.

Katla

Katla Quakes Stop

The swarm of earthquakes under the infamous Katla volcano, which had been worrying scientists this week, appears to have all but stopped.

Holuhraun eruption 2014

Bárðarbunga Volcano Might Erupt Again

Geologists are now investigating data that indicates that magma might be accumulating again under Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier. The Holuhraun eruption, which took place between August 31, 2014, and February 27, 2015, was part of a series of events which started in the volcano in...

The lava at Holuhraun running into river Jökulsá á Fjöllum

More Sulfur from Holuhraun Than All of Europe

Emissions of sulfur dioxide from the volcanic eruption at Holuhraun amounted to nearly 12 million tons. That is more than the total emission of the dangerous gas over the whole of Europe in 2011, according to University of Iceland scientist, Sigurður Reynir Gíslason.

Holuhraun lava

Iceland Eruption Trips Popular

Hiking tours to the Holuhraun eruption site this upcoming summer are sold out at two tour operators, Ferðafélag Íslands (the Iceland Touring Association) and Útivist, which have mainly catered to Icelandic tourists. Other companies are also organizing trips to the eruption site ahead of the peak...

Glowing lava at Holuhraun.

Holuhraun Gas Levels Monitored Online

Now that tourists can visit the Holuhraun eruption site, they must pay close attention to the levels of toxic volcanic gases in the area as the lava field will continue to degas for several months. This will soon be possible on the websites vedur.is and loftgaedi.is.

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