After six months the eruption in Holuhraun is over—at least for now. The eruption was one of the biggest and most dangerous in Icelandic history, spewing toxic gases all over the country and filling a very large area with lava.
Tour operators who traveled to the eruption in Holuhraun in the northeastern highlands last week to determine whether tours could be offered to a viewing point 10 km (6 miles) away from the eruption concluded that the experience was limited from that distance.
The activity in the Holuhraun eruption has decreased significantly in February. While the eruption’s end seems to be near, volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson stated a bigger event may be imminent.
Volcanologist Haraldur Sigurðsson predicted in October last year that the eruption in Holuhraun would end on March 4 and it appears his prediction may not be too far off the mark.
Companies involved in tourism in Iceland are looking into whether tours can be offered to a viewing point 10 km (6.4 miles) from the Holuhraun eruption site after the closed-off area in the northeastern highlands was reduced last week.
A time-lapse video of the development of the Holuhraun eruption in October and November last year: ‘2 Months in 2.5 Minutes’ has been posted on the Facebook page of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police’s Civil Protection Department.
The limits of the closed-off area around the Holuhraun eruption site have been changed by the police authorities following a new hazard assessment by the Icelandic Met Office for sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas pollution. The red-coded area stretches from Kverkfjöll in the north to Hrossaborg in the...
A new risk analysis for the area around the Holuhraun eruption is currently being conducted and a new risk map will be issued next week, according to the latest Scientific Advisory Board of the Department of Civil Protection, issued yesterday.
The eruption in Holuhraun could continue until at least the beginning of this summer, possibly another year, according to Andri Stefánsson, professor in geochemistry at the University of Iceland. Andri spoke at a community meeting in Reyðarfjörður, East Iceland, on Wednesday.
Good Morning America’s chief meteorologist Ginger Zee was thoroughly impressed by the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun in Iceland’s northeastern highlands, from where she anchored the show’s live broadcast yesterday.
Earlier today a new webcam was set up to follow the Holuhraun eruption. With this new camera one can watch the eruption from a new angle.
Ginger Zee, chief meteorologist on ABC’s Good Morning America, announced yesterday that she will be in Iceland today to anchor the show live from the Holuhraun eruption site, using drones so that they can broadcast from “inside a volcano.”
The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun has now become eight times bigger than the 2010 eruption in Eyjafjallajökll and five times bigger than the 2011 eruption in Grímsvötn, if the volume of volcanic material is converted to the equivalent of solid rock.
U.S. television network ABC submitted today all the data necessary for journalists to visit the Holuhraun eruption site in the northeastern Icelandic highlands and a live broadcast of news program Good Morning America from the site early next week has been authorized.
Representatives of U.S. television network ABC have contacted the Icelandic Civil Protection Department requesting permission to broadcast the news program Good Morning America live from the Holuhraun eruption site next week.
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...
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.