Comprehensive cross-section measurements of the eruption in Holuhraun taken from the air on December 30 and January 21 show that the lava field has thickened substantially during these three weeks and that the volume of the lava field is now just under 1.4 km3.
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.
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.
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.
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.