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Risk map for the Holuhraun eruption.

Holuhraun Eruption Danger Zone Still in Effect

Even though scientists have concluded that the eruption in Holuhraun ended on Friday, the area around the eruption site is still off limits and the emergency level is still in effect. The Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection will meet tomorrow to discuss the situation.

The Eruption - It’s All Over!

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.

The glow from the Holuhraun eruption and a cloud tainted blue.

Travel Agent: Not Good Enough View of Eruption

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.

Holuhraun eruption by night, December 8, 2014

Holuhraun Eruption in Final Days?

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.

Risk map for the Holuhraun eruption.

New Eruption Risk Map Published for North Iceland

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...

The lava at Holuhraun running into river Jökulsá á Fjöllum

New Risk Map for Holuhraun Eruption

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.

Holuhraun eruption by night, December 8, 2014

Eruption Could Continue Until Summer, Concerns about Pollution

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.

SO2 pollution cloud from the Holuhraun eruption, seen from Reykjavík

Thick Pollution Layer from the U.S. over Iceland

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.

The lava river in Holuhraun.

Holuhraun Lava Field Thickens Substantially

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.

A helicopter above the Baugur crater in Holuhraun.

Holuhraun Eruption Gases Studied

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.

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