Gas emissions at the eruption site remain high. As the concentration of gas at the site can be life-threatening, people should wear gas masks and carry gas meters. Scientists have had to leave the area as levels of gas reached dangerous levels due to sudden changes in wind conditions.
The lava from the eruption at Holuhraun is flowing at a rate of approximately 100 meters per hour. It now covers 18.6 square km (7 square miles), an area larger than Hafnarfjörður, a town outside Reykjavík.
A bluish haze caused by sulfur dioxide emitted in the Holuhraun eruption could widely be detected in East Iceland over the weekend.
Only around 40 earthquakes were measured during the night in the Bárðarbunga area and none of them were big. Most of the earthquakes are centered in the Dyngjujökull and Bárðarbunga area.
Today’s video is taken by RÚV’s Freyr Arnarson who flew over the eruption on Saturday. It gives a good aerial view of the craters and the lava as it stood then. Since then the lava has flowed all the way into Jökulsá á Fjöllum glacial river, as earlier reported.
The lava from the eruption in Holuhraun has now flowed halfway across Jökulsá á Fjöllum glacial river. Ómar Ragnarsson, journalist, environmentalist and entertainer, flew over the area this afternoon and he observed the developments.
The lava at Holuhraun is now flowing into Jökulsá á Fjöllum glacial river. So far this has had little effect, but the lava is now flowing faster than before, at a speed of 80 to 100 meters/hour (250 to 330 feet/hour), which is about twice the speed of the flow yesterday. This was observed by...
The Iceland Met says the Holuhraun eruption is stable. However, depressions have been observed in the glacier. Geophysicist Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson told RÚV yesterday that this means that it is more likely that Bárðarbunga will erupt in the near future. The magma collected under the...
The eruption has developed in the past few days, so that now there are two fissures spewing lava. The southern fissure is much closer to the glacier, thus increasing concern that an eruption might start under the glacier.
An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 shook Bárðarbunga at 5:40 this morning. It was in the same vicinity as other big quakes have occurred in the past few days.
Measurements in glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum show a slight increase in conductivity, according to an update on the Holuhraun eruption from the Scientific Advisory Board. Should a sub-glacial eruption start, the river is expected to flood with potentially dangerous consequences.
The district commissioner in Húsavík has decided to close the immediate area around the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun for all, including scientists and media personnel.
Helicopter tour company Norðurflug has launched sightseeing tours of the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun and Mýflug Air in North Iceland has been offering sightseeing tour of the eruption site by airplane. An Icelandair pilot made a detour to give passengers a view of the eruption.
Two new fissures have appeared midway between the eruption in Holuhraun and the edge of Dyngjujökull, according to RÚV’s reporter Lára Ómarsdóttir, who is currently flying over the eruption site.
Photographer Geir Ólafsson, who was part of the Iceland Review team traveling to the eruption site in Holuhraun, took the following video of the eruption on Wednesday.
Toxic gases from the Holuhraun eruption have been measured at altitudes of up to 6 km (4 miles). Mostly they contain sulfur dioxide and scientists found some poisoning effect in the first days of the eruption. Up to now 40 million cubic meters (1.2 billion cubic feet) of lava have flowed out of...
We have been showing you the eruption from every possible angle, but here is a new twist. What does it look like from outer space?
The following information on the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun was extracted from the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management’s National Crisis Coordination Center’s status report, sent to the media this afternoon.
After driving all night, the Iceland Review team arrived safe and sound back in Reykjavík at noon. They experienced the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun up close but then had to evacuate the area due to risk of flooding. These pictures by Geir Ólafsson say more than words.
The District Commissioner’s Office in Húsavík, in cooperation with the Department of Civil Protection, decided around 9:00 this morning to lift the inner closure of the eruption site at Holuhraun.
A 4.8 magnitude earthquake hit 4.7 km (2 miles) north-northeast of Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier at 3:45 this morning. The epicenter was in the northern rim of the caldera.