Passengers on Air Iceland’s flights between Reykjavík and Egilsstaðir, East Iceland, were able to enjoy a view of the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun yesterday, as there was a clearing in the cloud cover above the eruption site.
The subsidence of the caldera in Bárðarbunga continues to cause uncertainty about the future development of the eruption. An event of this magnitude has not occurred since 1875 when Lake Öskjuvatn was formed in an eruption which caused major difficulties in Iceland and contributed to the mass...
High levels of sulfur dioxide emitted from the Holuhraun eruption were detected in Reyðarfjörður at 2 pm today.
If a large-scale subsidence of the Bárðarbunga caldera occurs, an eruption might start at the edge of the caldera. Such an eruption would melt large quantities of ice, leading to a major flood in a glacial river.
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.
The ongoing volcanic eruption in Holuhraun has already become the largest lava eruption in Iceland since the 19th century. The lava would now cover Manhattan to 53rd Street and its volume would frame the entire Empire State Building.
Seismic activity is ongoing in Bárðarbunga volcano under Vatnajökull glacier, the northern part of the dike intrusion and Herðubreiðartögl. Around 30 earthquakes were measured last night, the largest of which was of magnitude 5.2.
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.
The lava from the eruption at Holuhraun is flowing at a rate of approximately 100 meters per hour. It now covers 18.6 square km (7 square miles), an area larger than Hafnarfjörður, a town outside Reykjavík.
A bluish haze caused by sulfur dioxide emitted in the Holuhraun eruption could widely be detected in East Iceland over the weekend.
Only around 40 earthquakes were measured during the night in the Bárðarbunga area and none of them were big. Most of the earthquakes are centered in the Dyngjujökull and Bárðarbunga area.
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.
The lava from the eruption in Holuhraun has now flowed halfway across Jökulsá á Fjöllum glacial river. Ómar Ragnarsson, journalist, environmentalist and entertainer, flew over the area this afternoon and he observed the developments.
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...
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...
The eruption has developed in the past few days, so that now there are two fissures spewing lava. The southern fissure is much closer to the glacier, thus increasing concern that an eruption might start under the glacier.