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.
A 1-km (3,280-feet) thick pollution layer which originated from the U.S. East Coast was detected by coincidence at an altitude of 5 km above the Holuhraun eruption site on January 22. Pollution from North America has never been confirmed in the atmosphere above Iceland before.
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.