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Bárðarbunga Volcano Keeps Shaking

Almost 30 earthquakes have occurred in and around Bárðarbunga volcano under Vatnajökull glacier since 7 pm yesterday, according to the Icelandic Met Office’s update this morning. Three quakes were larger than magnitude 4.0—a magnitude 5.0 earthquake hit at 3:52 am.

Holuhraun eruption in the dark.

Glacial River Retreats as Lava Flow Grows

A new branch of the lava flowing from the Holuhraun eruption is constricting glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum, which keeps retreating, as volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson described from the scene. The new lava now covers an area measuring 50 square km.

A map showing the forecast for SO2 pollution on October 6, 2014.

Eruption Pollution in West Iceland

Sulfur dioxide (SO2) gases emitted by the eruption in Holuhraun north of Vatnajökull glacier in the northeastern highlands are expected to drift to the west today. The pollution could cover the entire capital region at some point.

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Are We in Hell Yet?

Icelanders (and others) have heard the stories about volcanoes being the gateway to hell before. Hekla, Iceland’s most famous volcano, was thought to house demons that danced around the crater and at Askja, just north of the current eruption, tourists bathe in a crater called Víti, which means '...

Lava in Snow

Snow Covers Eruption Area

The Holuhraun craters are 900 meters above sea level and even though plenty of heat is being pumped out the temperature in the area is well below zero on Celsius (32°F). The lava is surrounded by snow and that makes an often beautiful effect when the heat and the cold mix.

Holuhraun Oct. 1

Webcams Show Glowing Lava

The Holuhraun eruption seems brighter on webcams than it has been lately. Last night some people thought a new fissure might have opened up. This is not the case.

A graph showing the SO2 pollution levels at Lake Mývatn on October 1, 2014.

Very High SO2 Pollution in Northeast Iceland

Very high sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution from the eruption in Holuhraun has been detected by Lake Mývatn in Northeast Iceland since late last night, with levels shooting up to as much as 6,000 μg/m3 at the Reykjahlíð school.

The Holuhraun eruption fissure.

Status Quo at Bárðarbunga and Holuhraun

The eruption activity in Holuhraun and seismic activity around Bárðarbunga volcano under Vatnajökull glacier remain stable, according to the latest scientific updates. The largest earthquake to hit Bárðarbunga since 7 pm yesterday was of magnitude 4.8.

Holuhraun new lava river

New Lava Area Continues to Grow

Since Friday, a new lava river has emerged at the Holuhraun eruption site, flowing 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the craters. As a result the area covered by lava is 2 sq km larger.

The Holuhraun eruption seen from a distance, across a sandplain.

Holuhraun Eruption One Month Old

The eruption in Holuhraun, in northern Vatnajökull, is one month old today. The eruption is one of the biggest in Icelandic history in terms of the quantity of lava.

Askja eruption 1961

Photos of 1961 Askja Eruption Shown for First Time

On October 26, 1961, the Askja volcano suddenly started erupting. Even though the volcano had brought misery to the nation a hundred years earlier, not many were afraid this time. Now more than half a century later the public sees the photos taken on the journey by a father and son, Reynir and...

Fimmvörðuháls, Northern Lights and Eruption

Stunning Photos of Lava and Northern Lights

We have been discussing the beauty of two natural phenomena at the same time, northern lights and the glowing lava shooting out of a crater. Photographer James Appleton managed to capture a series of beautiful photographs that show both Aurora Borealis and an eruption in the same frame.

Two plumes and the Holuhraun eruption fissure seen from a distance.

Seismic Activity Unchanged at Bárðarbunga

Ten earthquakes were automatically detected in Bárðarbunga and another ten in the dike beneath northern Dyngjujökull glacier between midnight and 6:48 am this morning. This is a similar rate to what was observed yesterday morning.

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