Scientists Worry about Air Quality

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.

Holuhraun. From a video by Freyr Arnarson.

Video Shows Lava Size and Perspective

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.

Jökulsá á Fjöllum

Lava Flows into Glacial River

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...

Lava at Holuhraun

Bárðarbunga Eruption More Likely, Geophysicist Says

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...

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.