Research on the gases being emitted at the Holuhraun eruption site will be the subject of a new study. Six different kinds of gases are being emitted at the site. The volume of gas is unusually large compared to the amount of magma.
Iceland's Holuhraun has been erupting continuously for almost five months now. Here is a video of the eruption.
Geophysicist professor Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson believes that the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun in the northeastern highlands could carry on for months and even though the activity is decreasing it will likely not come to an end until after two months at the earliest.
The crater which has formed at the Holuhraun eruption site in the northeastern highlands is now 80 meters (263 feet) tall, higher than the second-tallest building in Iceland and Iceland’s tallest church, Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík, which measures 74.5 meters.
The Icelandic Met Office posted this MODIS satellite image of Iceland on its Facebook page yesterday.
Both scientists working at the Holuhraun eruption site and those guarding the closed-off area have suffered serious health problems because of toxic gases emitted by the eruption. Since the eruption started in late August, doctors have noticed increased respiratory problems.
According to a new bill on place names currently being handled at Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, it is the responsibility of the respective municipality to name new natural phenomena within its borders, which means that the regional authority in the Mývatn area is to name the new Holuhraun lava...
A new map shows progressive additions to the new lava field in Holuhraun since January 1. The lava now covers an area the size of Manhattan. A thermal image shows where the main volcanic activity is currently taking place.
The Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection reports insubstantial changes to the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun over the last few weeks. It is still quite forceful. Seismic activity in Bárðarbunga under Vatnajökull glacier continues to be strong.
High levels of sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution were measured in the rural Jökuldalur valley at 2 pm yesterday. SO2 levels reached 7,800 mµ/m3, the highest recorded in Jökuldalur since the eruption began.
Volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson describes one of the new craters in the Holuhraun eruption as "among the most beautiful in Iceland."
NASA has been following the Holuhraun eruption closely from the very beginning. The two images here show the eruption in the very early days and other the lava as it was in the beginning of January.
Seismic activity in Bárðarbunga volcano under Vatnajökull glacier continues to be strong, but has somewhat decreased, as reported by the Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection yesterday. The lava flow is still great in Holuhraun.
Geophysicist Páll Einarsson believes that Bárðarbunga volcano, which is currently feeding the eruption in Holuhraun, may impact other volcanoes in the vicinity, most likely Tungnafellsjökull, where increased seismic activity has been picked up.
Continued earthquakes have been reported in Bárðarbunga volcano under Vatnajökull glacier over the holidays. Since 12 noon yesterday, three earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 and larger have been detected in the volcano, which feeds the eruption in Holuhraun.
The University of Iceland Institute of Earth Sciences will not send scientists to the eruption site at Holuhraun until January and the Icelandic Met Office’s scientists have not been able to get to the site recently because of impassable roads. The same applies to media personnel.
Scientists at the University of Iceland’s Earth Sciences Institute were feeling merry this week and in anticipation for the upcoming holidays posted the above image with a Christmas greeting on their Facebook page.