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.
Research on the gases being emitted at the Holuhraun eruption site will be the subject of a new study. Six different kinds of gases are being emitted at the site. The volume of gas is unusually large compared to the amount of magma.
Iceland's Holuhraun has been erupting continuously for almost five months now. Here is a video of the eruption.
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.
The Icelandic Met Office posted this MODIS satellite image of Iceland on its Facebook page yesterday.
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.
According to a new bill on place names currently being handled at Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, it is the responsibility of the respective municipality to name new natural phenomena within its borders, which means that the regional authority in the Mývatn area is to name the new Holuhraun lava...
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.