Farmers in East and Northeast Iceland, the regions that have suffered the most sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution from the Holuhraun eruption, are concerned about the wellbeing of their free-roaming sheep.
Seismic activity continued in the area around Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier yesterday evening and through the night. The largest earthquake was of magnitude 4.5. The subsidence in the Bárðarbunga caldera is now 25 meters (82 feet) and is slowing down.
The Icelandic Met Office has started publishing maps on their website with forecasts of the spread of the pollution caused by toxic sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas coming from the Holuhraun eruption, on a daily basis.
Icelandic tourism companies are being approached by prospective tourists from abroad, who are interested in viewing the eruption in Holuhraun up close. A meeting was held to discuss the possibility yesterday.
Considerably strong earthquakes hit Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier yesterday evening, of magnitude 4.8 at 8:20 pm and of magnitude 5.4 at 9:34 pm.
Volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson told RÚV yesterday that if the eruption in Holuhraun would stop then another eruption would occur in the same area shortly afterwards.
Seismic activity is continuing in the eruption area at Bárðarbunga and Holuhraun with about 50 earthquakes occurring between midnight and 6:45 am this morning.
Photographer Bernard Meric has been at the eruption site and the areas where the lava is flowing into the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum over the last few days and took the following images.
The Department of Civil Protection has advised all people in the village of Kópasker, Northeast Iceland, and surrounding areas to stay indoors, close the windows and turn up the radiators due to high levels of sulfur dioxide pollution from the eruption.
The largest earthquakes at Bárðarbunga last night measured magnitude 3.6 at 12:11 am, magnitude 3.7 at 12:14 am and magnitude 3.8 at 2:27 am. There have been no major changes in seismic activity, according to the latest update on the website of the Icelandic Met Office.
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution from the eruption in Holuhraun spread to Northeast Iceland yesterday.
The eruption seems to be concentrated at the middle crater on the fissure at Holuhraun, but the ice on Bárðarbunga crater is still lowering, indicating that some changes are occurring.
New land is forming in Holuhraun and its vicinity. The biggest craters are rising higher up from the ground and a new lagoon and a waterfall could form when the lagoon builds a dam in Jökulsá glacial river.
One resident in Reyðarfjörður, East Iceland, described the sulfur dioxide pollution level as like standing behind a truck and inhaling the fumes.
The Icelandic Met Office has issued a new warning due to high concentration of sulfur dioxide (SO2) from the Holuhraun eruption. Scientists flying over the Bárðarbunga area yesterday reported no new changes in the surface yet assume that the caldera is continuing to subside. Farmers are rounding...
A satellite photo from NASA taken at noon yesterday shows the plume from the eruption in Holuhraun very clearly. The photo was published on the University of Iceland’s Institute of Earth Sciences’ Facebook page.
Approximately 30 earthquakes were picked up by sensors in and around Bárðarbunga volcano and the Holuhraun eruption since midnight. All of them were minor. The Icelandic Met Office has forecast air pollution for the East Fjords today.
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) levels in Reyðarfjörður, East Iceland, were ten times lower, or 240 μg/m3, this morning than when they peaked at 2,550μg/m3 at 2 pm yesterday.
The sulfur dioxide (SO2) levels in Reyðarfjörður, East Iceland, yesterday were more than four times the record levels detected in the town on Saturday. As reported, the pollution, caused by the Holuhraun eruption, measured 2550μg/m3 at its peak yesterday.
The smell of sulfur dioxide from the Holuhraun eruption has been detected on the west coast of Norway, according to public broadcaster NRK.
Scientists believe that the new lava from the Holuhraun eruption could block glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum, as it is now approaching an area where the river flows through old lava instead of sand and will no longer be able to retreat.