“This eruption is much more powerful than the one on Friday night,” University of Iceland technician Sveinbjörn Steinþórsson, who also saw Friday morning's eruption, said this morning.
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The new lava from Friday morning's eruption at Holuhraun has both beautiful and peculiar formations. The lava is still warm and steam continues to rise.
New cracks have formed in the ice over Bárðarbunga, according to journalist and pilot Ómar Ragnarsson, who flew over the area this afternoon.
The hidden eruption which occurred one week ago was ten times the size of Friday morning's short-lived eruption.
Míla’s webcam on Bárðarbunga now rotates, hence providing a better opportunity of seeing a possible eruption in the Bárðarbunga area.
Specialists at the Icelandic Met office and the University of Iceland this afternoon met to discuss the short lived eruption and what might possibly follow. At this moment it is unclear how the situation will develop.
The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police has decided to move the civil protection level from emergency phase back to alert phase for the eruption north of Vatnajökull glacier, which began at midnight and ended at around 04:00.
The small fissure eruption in Holuhraun, which started shortly after midnight, lasted only three to four hours, according to geophysicist Páll Einarsson.
The eruption in Holuhraun, which began just after midnight this morning, may be the first to be captured from the beginning on live TV.
According to the Icelandic Coast Guard, which flew over the eruption site in Holuhraun lava field this morning, the fissure measures 900 meters in length and is 5 km from Dyngjujökull, Vatnajökull outlet glacier.
The Icelandic Met Office has lowered the aviation color code over Bárðarbunga volcano to orange from red.
Seismic activity has decreased as a result of the pressure release, however a significant amount of earthquakes are still being detected in the intrusive magma dike, between the eruption site in Holuhraun lava field and south to about 5 km (3 miles) into Dyngjujökull, as reported on the website...
Journalist, pilot and environmentalist Ómar Ragnarsson flew over the eruption in the Holuhraun lava field, north of Dyngjujökull glacier, this morning.
A status report on the volcanic eruption which started in the Holuhraun lava field, north of Dyngjujökull glacier, at 00:02 this morning, reads that that airborne ash material produced is minimal and that all airports in Iceland are open.
An eruption began in Holuhraun, north of Vatnajökull glacier, just after midnight. Lava fountains were visible on a webcam by Míla at two minutes past midnight. White steam can now be seen coming up from the eruption site.
According to Ómar Ragnarsson, pilot and journalist who flew over the Holuhraun volcanic eruption this morning, there were northern lights over the lava fountains, creating a spectacular show of lights.
The eruption north of Vatnajökull glacier will not affect air traffic to and from Keflavík International Airport unless it changes in character.
Here we provide some information on Bárðarbunga, the volcano that has now erupted. The eruption is currently not under the glacier, so lava is coming up and ash production is limited. This also reduces the threat of a flood.