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Hafnarfjörður

Earthquake Hits near Reykjavík

An earthquake of magnitude 3.2 hit nearly 4 km (2.9 miles) east of Helgafell mountain by Hafnarfjörður, a neighboring town of Reykjavík, at around 8 pm yesterday evening. Residents in Hafnarfjörður could feel the earthquake. Some minor quakes followed.

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.

Geysir - Strokkur

Earthquakes Hit Geysir Area and North Iceland

In addition to the seismic activity at Bárðarbunga volcano and the Holuhraun eruption site, the Icelandic Met Office has reported earthquakes in other parts of the country over the holidays, including an earthquake sequence 10 km (6 miles) north of the Geysir geothermal field.

The cabin in Drekagil canyon near the eruption site in Holuhraun.

Police Officers Alone at Holuhraun Eruption Site

The University of Iceland Institute of Earth Sciences will not send scientists to the eruption site at Holuhraun until January and the Icelandic Met Office’s scientists have not been able to get to the site recently because of impassable roads. The same applies to media personnel.

Holuhraun eruption by night, December 8, 2014

Holuhraun Eruption Calming Down?

Scientists say there is a slight and ongoing decrease in volcanic and seismic activity at the site of the Holuhraun volcanic eruption in Iceland, which has been going on for over three months.

A close-up of a Holuhraun lava fountain and stream.

Bárðarbunga and Holuhraun: Overview of Activity

The Scientific Advisory Board has reviewed data about the development of events in Bárðarbunga volcano and the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun from the beginning of the unrest until present day. The new lava field is the largest in Iceland since the Laki eruption (1783-1784) and probably the...

The eruption in Holuhraun up close.

Sixty-Three Big Earthquakes Hit Bárðarbunga

A total of 63 earthquakes above magnitude 5.0 have occurred in and around Bárðarbunga volcano under Vatnajökull glacier between August 16 and November 25. Lately, the frequency of such big earthquakes has declined; last week there were five days between them.

Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier.

Bárðarbunga Magma Closer to the Surface

The first data received from new seismographs put up on Bárðarbunga volcano, which lies under Vatnajökull glacier, last week, shows that the magma is much closer to the surface than previously thought.

Holuhraun eruption lava

Fluctuating Lava Flow in Holuhraun

The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun continues to be strong, although its productivity has decreased from mid-September. The activity is similar to what it has been in the last two weeks but the lava flow is more fluctuating.

The sun above the new lava.

New Holuhraun Lava Field Keeps Expanding

The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun continues with similar intensity as it has for the last two weeks. Lava continues to flow out of the lava lake in the crater to the east-southeast. The lava field now measures approximately 72 square km and is twice the size of Lake Mývatn.

The Holuhraun eruption seen from a distance, across a lava field.

Magnitude 5.4 Earthquake Hits Bárðarbunga

An earthquake of 5.4 in magnitude hit the northern caldera rim of Bárðarbunga volcano under Vatnajökull glacier at 1:37 am yesterday. Following the event, seismic activity in the intrusive dike, connecting the volcano with the eruption in Holuhraun, increased slightly.

Holuhraun eruption

Holuhraun Eruption Still Going Strong

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.

Holuhraun

More than One Hundred Quakes in 24 Hours

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.

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