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Holuhraun

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.

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.

Eruption in New York

What if the Eruption were Somewhere Else?

The volume of the lava from the Holuhraun eruption is one of the greatest in recent history. It could contain over 150 Empire State Buildings, 100 Eiffel Towers or over 200 Khufu Pyramids. The volcano has even produced enough lava to build the Great Wall of China 1.5 times over.

sulfur dioxide pollution from Holuhraun eruption in Fáskrúðsfjörður, East Iceland, September 10, 2014

Holuhraun Emitting More SO2 Pollution than All of Europe

The sulfur dioxide (SO2) emitted from the Holuhraun eruption has reached up to 60,000 tons per day and averaged close to 20,000 tons since it began. For comparison, all the SO2 pollution in Europe, from industries, energy production, traffic and house heating, etc., amounts to 14,000 tons per...

sulfur dioxide pollution from Holuhraun eruption in Fáskrúðsfjörður, East Iceland, September 10, 2014

Eruption Pollution Drifts to Germany

The sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution from the Holuhraun eruption has spread to Germany, Spiegel Online reports. With wind blowing from the northwest, the pollution is being felt further to the east than previously.

sulfur dioxide pollution from Holuhraun, September 24, 2014

Eruption Pollution in North and Northeast Iceland Today

The Icelandic Met Office’s forecast for today indicates that the sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution the Holuhraun eruption will spread to a large area of North and Northeast Iceland, including the towns of Akureyri and Húsavík (click here for a map of the affected area).

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