A tremendous eruption started on March 29, 1875 in Askja, in north east Iceland, north of Vatnajökull gacier and south of Heiðubreið mountain. The volcanic ash was heavy enough to poison the land and kill livestock, especially in the eastern fjords of Iceland.
The lava flows with the same rate as yesterday, mostly around the center of the lava field, which is now around 37 square kilometers.
Professor of geophysics Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson said that as long as the Bárðarbunga caldera is not sinking faster and the eruption in Holuhraun remains stable, the probability of a sub-glacial eruption decreases. However, volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson remains certain that the current activity...
Today, pollution from the eruption in Holuhraun is mostly expected to drift to the northeast of the eruption site, although it may temporarily move towards the east, according to the Icelandic Met Office’s forecast. On Saturday, the pollution reached Reykjavík.
Seismic activity has been persistent at Bárðarbunga volcano and around the eruption site in Holuhraun, but at comparably low levels during the last hours. A 5.5 magnitude earthquake hit the Bárðarbunga caldera at noon yesterday.
The Civil Protection Department in Iceland stresses that not respecting that the eruption site around Holuhraun is closed to the public may be life-threatening. Birds that died of poisoning have been found at the eruption site.
This space image shows the fissure in Holuhraun clearly and an interesting glow-in-the-dark effect of the lava through the clouds and plume.
The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun continues at a similar rate and the subsidence of the Bárðarbunga caldera continues. On Saturday residents in Reykjavík noticed a smell of sulfur and there was a haze over the mountains in the east.