Acid snow due to toxic gases including SO2 emitted from the eruption in Holuhraun in the northeastern highlands has fallen near the eruption site.
Between 2,000 and 3,000 truckloads of sulfur dioxide (SO2) are being emitted daily from the eruption in Holuhraun in the northeastern highlands, according to Jónas Elíasson, seismic engineer at the University of Iceland.
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution from the eruption in Holuhraun is expected mainly across western Iceland today but at low levels. Tomorrow, the pollution may be felt in many places northwest of the eruption site, according to the latest forecast from the Icelandic Met Office.
The area covered in new lava from the Holuhraun eruption now measures 70 square km (27 square miles), a 7-square-km larger area than two and a half weeks ago.
The level of sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas from the Holuhraun eruption reached close to 1,000 mµ/m3 in the capital area during the night. At levels above 600 mµ/m3 individuals with underlying conditions are likely to experience respiratory symptoms and outdoor activity is advised against.
The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun continues with similar intensity. Around 200 earthquakes were detected in the caldera between Monday and yesterday morning, according to the latest Status Report from the Civil Protection Department’s Scientific Advisory Board, published yesterday.
The Icelandic government approved an additional ISK 690 million in funding to various organizations for costs both already incurred and expected in relation to the eruption in Holuhraun earlier this week.
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas from the Holuhraun eruption remains in Northeast Iceland. Last night, the level of SO2 reached close to 2,500 mµ/m3 in Vopnafjörður. People were advised to remain indoors, close their windows and turn on the heating.
The level of sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas emitted by the eruption in Holuhraun reached 4,800 mµ/m3 in Húsavík, Northeast Iceland, at noon today. People in the area were alerted by mobile text message.
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas pollution from the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun in the northeastern highlands is expected to affect all parts of the country today, apart from the northernmost part of the West Fjords. The air quality is currently poor in Reykjavík.
Krafla in Northeast Iceland is one of Iceland’s most spectacular and active volcanoes. For nearly a decade the Krafla caldera and Krafla fissure swarm erupted on and off in the period 1975-84. The events were a striking repetition of what happened during the Mývatn fires in the 1720s.
The volume of magma which has surfaced in the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun is five to six times greater than what surfaced during the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull in 2010 and four times greater than in the 2011 Grímsvötn eruption. In both eruptions, primarily ash was emitted.
The eruption in Holuhraun is still active, but the Icelandic Met Office says the underground magma flow seems to be minimal. In the past 24 hours around 100 earthquakes have shaken Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier.
The energy of the geothermal areas in Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull now measures several hundred megawatts and the melting of glacial ice is estimated at approximately 2 cubic meters per second.
Daniel Haußmann has made a video showing the ongoing eruption in Holuhraun. Shot from the ground and from a helicopter, the video gives an impression of the forces of nature in the volcano.
In the past 24 hours the seismicity activity recorded in and around Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier was slightly more intense than the 24 hours prior. More than 100 earthquakes were detected in the period, all below magnitude 5.0.
The concentration of sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas from the eruption in Holuhraun exceeded 5,000 mµ/m3 in Sauðárkrókur, Northwest Iceland, this morning. The Civil Protection Department advised inhabitants to stay inside, close the windows and turn up the heating.
Seismicity continues in Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier. A magnitude 4.4 earthquake hit shortly before 2:30 last night and the strongest earthquake recorded there yesterday was magnitude 5.1. Geothermal heat continues to increase in Bárðarbunga.
Pollution detectors show that air quality was good in South Iceland during the night with sulfur dioxide (SO2) levels not exceeding 5 mµ/m3. Today, the Icelandic Met Office expects light variable winds with gas pollution remaining mostly around the eruption site in Holuhraun.