Scientists at the Icelandic Met Office have calculated that a total of 11 million tons of sulfur dioxide (SO2) were emitted during the six-month Holuhraun eruption in Iceland’s northeastern highlands.
Yesterday marked the five-year anniversary of the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull. The eruption began in the early hours of April 14, 2010, and it continued for six weeks, or until May 23. A video from RÚV shows the development and consequences of the eruption.
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...
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.
The air pollution caused by volcanic gases emitted during the eruption in Holuhraun was above the health protection limit for a total of 107 hours in Höfn, Southeast Iceland. Inhabitants in Höfn were subject to air pollution for more hours than in any other community in Iceland, as revealed at a...
The restricted area around the Holuhraun eruption site has been significantly reduced. The restricted area now extends 20 m (66 feet) outside the edges of the new lava field, to the edge of Dyngjujökull outlet glacier on the south side, the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum to the east and to the...
The district council of Skútustaðahreppur by Lake Mývatn, which is responsible for naming the new natural phenomena created in the Holuhraun eruption in the northeastern highlands, is planning to do so before the official first day of summer, April 23.
Volcanologist Haraldur Sigurðsson, who predicted the end of the Holuhraun eruption with remarkable accuracy, wrote on his blog yesterday that there are indications that the caldera of Bárðarbunga volcano, which fed the Holuhraun eruption, has begun rising again.
Scientists expect that a new lake will appear in the northeastern highlands this summer when the melt-water from Vatnajökull glacier will flow into Jökulsá á Fjöllum, making it more voluminous. The new lava from the Holuhraun eruption has blocked some of the river’s waterways, pushing the river...
Following the declaration that the half-year-long volcanic eruption at Holuhraun is over and that seismic activity at Bárðarbunga is greatly reduced, the northeast Iceland police have decided to lift their ban on access to Jökulsárgljúfur.
The Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection met this morning with representatives of the Icelandic Civil Protection, the Environmental Agency of Iceland and the Directorate of Health to discuss the situation at the Holuhraun eruption site.
The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun lasted almost six months, from August 31 (a minor eruption began in a similar location on August 29 and lasted a few hours) and ended on February 27, or 181 days in total.
Even though scientists have concluded that the eruption in Holuhraun ended on Friday, the area around the eruption site is still off limits and the emergency level is still in effect. The Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection will meet tomorrow to discuss the situation.
Volcanic gas pollution from the Holuhraun eruption site may increase in the coming days and weeks, even though there is no more volcanic activity at the site, according to meteorologist Elín Björk Jónasdóttir.
In light of the volcano’s history and considering the fact that a large part of the Bárðarbunga volcanic system lies under Vatnajökull glacier, a sub-glacial eruption is likely, according to Kristín Jónsdóttir, director of the Icelandic Met Office’s natural hazards division.
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.
Tour operators who traveled to the eruption in Holuhraun in the northeastern highlands last week to determine whether tours could be offered to a viewing point 10 km (6 miles) away from the eruption concluded that the experience was limited from that distance.
The activity in the Holuhraun eruption has decreased significantly in February. While the eruption’s end seems to be near, volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson stated a bigger event may be imminent.