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.
There are still no signs of a sub-glacial eruption in Bárðarbunga, which would cause a flood, but one possible explanation for the unrest in the intrusive dike yesterday is that the magma has come into contact with water through underground fissure systems.
The Civil Protection Department has decided that the eruption site shall remain closed. The area was closed around 3:15 pm today and the Iceland Review team had to retreat, like everyone else, to a cabin in Drekagil canyon. At 8:20 pm it was decided that the ban will remain in effect....
The pressure in the intrusive dike north of Dyngjujökull, Vatnajökull outlet glacier, is increasing and a 1-km (3,300-feet) wide and deep depression has formed under the glacier.
The Iceland Review team arrived at the eruption site at Holuhraun early this morning. After dealing with connection problems, they managed to send these pictures.
The Institute of Earth Sciences just released a map of the new lava as it was at 2 pm yesterday. The eastern boundary of the lava had then stood still for a few hours after progressing approximately 2 km (1 mile) the night before.
Iceland Review sent a team of three to the Holuhraun eruption site. Their mission is called: ‘The Journey to the Center of Iceland.'
An earthquake of magnitude 5.5 hit the northern rim of the Bárðabunga caldera this morning shortly after 3 am. This is one of the biggest earthquakes to hit the region since increased seismic activity was first recorded there on August 16.