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Holuhraun eruption

Eruption: Large Earthquakes and Continued Lava Flow

Three large earthquakes shook Bárðarbunga during the night. The first, of magnitude 3.9, occurred at 2:25 am 4.4 km northeast of the volcano, the second, of magnitude 4.2, at 3:09 am 5.2 km east-southeast of Bárðarbunga and the third, of magnitude 4.5, at 5:00 am 5.3 km northeast of Bárðarbunga...

Holuhraun lava

Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake in Bárðarbunga

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake occurred in Bárðarbunga caldera just after midday today. This is the ninth earthquake over a magnitude 5.0 to occur in the area since a level of uncertainty was first declared in Bárðarbunga two weeks ago.

Holuhraun eruption

Eruption: Three Scenarios Most Likely

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.

Cracks in Dyngjujökull by Holuhraun

Civil Protection Level Downgraded to Alert Phase

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.

Holuhraun eruption as seen on a thermal image

Volcanic Fissure 900 Meters Long

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.

A map of seismic activity in Iceland during the 48 hours to 9:45 am on August 29

Ongoing Seismic Activity in Magma Dike

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...

Holuhraun eruption

First Aerial Footage of Eruption

Journalist, pilot and environmentalist Ómar Ragnarsson flew over the eruption in the Holuhraun lava field, north of Dyngjujökull glacier, this morning.

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