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Sunrise by glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum on September 3, 2014.

Eruption Update: Increased Conductivity in River

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 volcanic fissure at the Holuhraun eruption seen from the air on September 2, 2014.

Iceland Eruption Tours from the Air Now Possible

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.

The eruption in Holuhraun on September 3, 2014.

Two New Fissures Form near Glacier

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.

Gases are being emitted from the lava in the Holuhraun eruption.

Toxic Gases from Eruption Go up Six Kilometers

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...

The eruption in Holuhraun on September 3, 2014.

Holuhraun Eruption: Status Report

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.

The eruption in Holuhraun on September 3, 2014.

Iceland Review Team Back with Eruption Photos

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 Holuhraun eruption on September 3, 2014, 11 pm.

Cracks in the Surface in Eruption Area (Video)

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.

Map of the Holuhraun lava flow, September 2, 2014.

Map Shows New Lava Field

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.

Holuhraun, September 3, 2014, 6.22 am.

Eruption: 5.5 Earthquake in Bárðarbunga

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.

Holuhraun from a video.

Eruption: What a Show (Video)

The eruption at Holuhraun was a play of lava fountains today. Volacanologist Ármann Höskuldsson took a video of the eruption which can be seen here. He stresses that the volcano can be dangerous and that nobody should move closer to it than a five-minute run to the next car.

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