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...
Volcanologist Haraldur Sigurðsson, who predicted the end of the Holuhraun eruption with remarkable accuracy, wrote on his blog yesterday that there are indications that the caldera of Bárðarbunga volcano, which fed the Holuhraun eruption, has begun rising again.
The Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection met this morning with representatives of the Icelandic Civil Protection, the Environmental Agency of Iceland and the Directorate of Health to discuss the situation at the Holuhraun eruption site.
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.
Volcanic gas pollution from the Holuhraun eruption site may increase in the coming days and weeks, even though there is no more volcanic activity at the site, according to meteorologist Elín Björk Jónasdóttir.
In light of the volcano’s history and considering the fact that a large part of the Bárðarbunga volcanic system lies under Vatnajökull glacier, a sub-glacial eruption is likely, according to Kristín Jónsdóttir, director of the Icelandic Met Office’s natural hazards division.
The activity in the Holuhraun eruption has decreased significantly in February. While the eruption’s end seems to be near, volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson stated a bigger event may be imminent.
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.
Companies involved in tourism in Iceland are looking into whether tours can be offered to a viewing point 10 km (6.4 miles) from the Holuhraun eruption site after the closed-off area in the northeastern highlands was reduced last week.