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Holuhraun new lava river

New Lava Area Continues to Grow

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.
The Holuhraun eruption seen from a distance, across a sandplain.

Holuhraun Eruption One Month Old

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.
Holuhraun from Video

Waking up to an Eruption (Video)

Stefan Erdman published this video from the eruption yesterday. He describes waking up in Möðrudalur with his son, finding some earthquakes and realizing that there is an eruption taking place.
Askja eruption 1961

Photos of the 1961 Askja Eruption shown for the first time

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 Jóhann...
Fimmvörðuháls, Northern Lights and Eruption

Stunning Photos of Lava and Northern Lights

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.
Evacuating the eruption site due to high pollution levels

Lava Flows over F910

The new lava at the Holuhraun eruption site has in several places crawled over the only road to the site, road F910.
Two plumes and the Holuhraun eruption fissure seen from a distance.

Seismic Activity Unchanged at Bárðarbunga

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.
Eruption in New York

What if the Eruption were Somewhere Else?

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.
sulfur dioxide pollution from Holuhraun eruption in Fáskrúðsfjörður, East Iceland, September 10, 2014

Holuhraun Emitting More SO2 Pollution than All of Europe

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 day.
sulfur dioxide pollution from Holuhraun eruption in Fáskrúðsfjörður, East Iceland, September 10, 2014

Eruption Pollution Drifts to Germany

The sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution from the Holuhraun eruption has spread to Germany, Spiegel Online reports. With wind blowing from the northwest, the pollution is being felt further to the east than previously.
sulfur dioxide pollution from Holuhraun, September 24, 2014

Eruption Pollution in North and Northeast Iceland Today

The Icelandic Met Office’s forecast for today indicates that the sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution the Holuhraun eruption will spread to a large area of North and Northeast Iceland, including the towns of Akureyri and Húsavík (click here for a map of the affected area).

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