Increased Seismic Activity

Increased seismic activity in and around Bárðarbunga volcano in the past two weeks will be discussed today at a meeting of scientists from the Department of Civil Protection in Iceland.

Holuhraun eruption 2014

Bárðarbunga Volcano Might Erupt Again

Geologists are now investigating data that indicates that magma might be accumulating again under Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier. The Holuhraun eruption, which took place between August 31, 2014, and February 27, 2015, was part of a series of events which started in the volcano in...

Pollution cloud from the Holuhraun eruption, October 13, 2014

Holuhraun Pollution above Limit for 107 Hours

The air pollution caused by volcanic gases emitted during the eruption in Holuhraun was above the health protection limit for a total of 107 hours in Höfn, Southeast Iceland. Inhabitants in Höfn were subject to air pollution for more hours than in any other community in Iceland, as revealed at a...

Risk map for the Holuhraun eruption.

Holuhraun Eruption Danger Zone Still in Effect

Even though scientists have concluded that the eruption in Holuhraun ended on Friday, the area around the eruption site is still off limits and the emergency level is still in effect. The Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection will meet tomorrow to discuss the situation.

Holuhraun eruption by night, December 8, 2014

Holuhraun Eruption in Final Days?

Volcanologist Haraldur Sigurðsson predicted in October last year that the eruption in Holuhraun would end on March 4 and it appears his prediction may not be too far off the mark.

Risk map for the Holuhraun eruption.

New Eruption Risk Map Published for North Iceland

The limits of the closed-off area around the Holuhraun eruption site have been changed by the police authorities following a new hazard assessment by the Icelandic Met Office for sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas pollution. The red-coded area stretches from Kverkfjöll in the north to Hrossaborg in the...

The lava at Holuhraun running into river Jökulsá á Fjöllum

New Risk Map for Holuhraun Eruption

A new risk analysis for the area around the Holuhraun eruption is currently being conducted and a new risk map will be issued next week, according to the latest Scientific Advisory Board of the Department of Civil Protection, issued yesterday.

Holuhraun eruption by night, December 8, 2014

Eruption Could Continue Until Summer, Concerns about Pollution

The eruption in Holuhraun could continue until at least the beginning of this summer, possibly another year, according to Andri Stefánsson, professor in geochemistry at the University of Iceland. Andri spoke at a community meeting in Reyðarfjörður, East Iceland, on Wednesday.

The lava river in Holuhraun.

Holuhraun Lava Field Thickens Substantially

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.

SO2 pollution haze in Reykjavík on November 4, 2011.

Volcanic Gases Cause Health Problems

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.

The size of the Holuhraun lava field on January 10, 2015.

New Images of Holuhraun Lava Field

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.