Bárðarbunga Eruption Major Worry

The probability of an eruption in Bárðarbunga is now thought to be increased due to a steady lowering of the surface above the volcano’s crater. This greatly worries scientists and Civil Protection Department representatives.


Scientists Worry about Air Quality

Gas emissions at the eruption site remain high. As the concentration of gas at the site can be life-threatening, people should wear gas masks and carry gas meters. Scientists have had to leave the area as levels of gas reached dangerous levels due to sudden changes in wind conditions.

Holuhraun. From a video by Freyr Arnarson.

Video Shows Lava Size and Perspective

Today’s video is taken by RÚV’s Freyr Arnarson who flew over the eruption on Saturday. It gives a good aerial view of the craters and the lava as it stood then. Since then the lava has flowed all the way into Jökulsá á Fjöllum glacial river, as earlier reported.

Jökulsá á Fjöllum

Lava Flows into Glacial River

The lava at Holuhraun is now flowing into Jökulsá á Fjöllum glacial river. So far this has had little effect, but the lava is now flowing faster than before, at a speed of 80 to 100 meters/hour (250 to 330 feet/hour), which is about twice the speed of the flow yesterday. This was observed by...

Lava at Holuhraun

Bárðarbunga Eruption More Likely, Geophysicist Says

The Iceland Met says the Holuhraun eruption is stable. However, depressions have been observed in the glacier. Geophysicist Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson told RÚV yesterday that this means that it is more likely that Bárðarbunga will erupt in the near future. The magma collected under the...