The eruption happened almost two weeks after the activity started under Vatnajökull glacier.
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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.
Farmer Bragi Benediktsson at Grímsstaðir á Fjöllum, Northeast Iceland, says that he sees the glow from the eruption in Holuhraun and that visibility is good. His farm is located about 100 km (60 miles) from the eruption site.
A volcanic eruption has started in Holuhraun lava field north of Vatnajökull glacier. This can be seen on web cameras, RÚV reports.
The Icelandic Coast Guard helped free a humpback whale which got stuck in a stop net in Skagafjörður, North Iceland, on Wednesday morning.
Geophysics professor Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson stated in an interview with RÚV this evening that a minor volcanic eruption likely occurred under Vatnajökull glacier and is now over.
While the world was watching the possible eruption/non-eruption in Bárðarbunga to the north of Vatnajökull, over one thousand people got together to the south of Vatnajökull to watch a real display of ice and fire, a yearly firework display at the glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón.
The Iceland Met Office reports that since midnight, over 1,100 earthquakes have been detected by sensors on and near Vatnajökull glacier. The dike does not appear to have migrated further north since noon. The Aviation Color Code remains at the ‘orange' level for Bárðarbunga.
Journalist, pilot and environmentalist Ómar Ragnarsson shot a video from the air this morning, showing the fractures and depression caused by the intrusive dike.
The cauldrons in Vatnajökull glacier near Bárðarbunga are 5-km (3-mile) long combined. Three larger earthquakes hit Bárðarbunga around midnight and this morning. A civil meeting with inhabitants near glacial river Skjálfandafljót in Northeast Iceland will be held tonight. The intrusive dike has...
The intrusive dike formed by magma flowing out of the Bárðarbunga caldera keeps extending to the north and has now reached the fissure swarm of the Askja volcanic system.
Scientists currently on a surveillance flight on the Icelandic Coast Guard airplane TF-SIF over Vatnajökull glacier state that they cannot detect any changes to the row of four cauldrons by Bárðarbunga first observed on their surveillance flight yesterday.
A strong earthquake, of magnitude 5.0, occurred in the Bárðarbunga caldera in Vatnajökull glacier at 8:14 this morning.
Land north of Dyngjujökull, an outlet glacier on Vatnajökull’s northern border, has sunk, which indicates that the intrusive dike leading from the Bárðarbunga caldera and north towards the Askja volcanic system lies closer to the surface than earlier believed.
“Around 30-40 million cubic meters of water have flowed from under there ... We don’t know what has happened with this water, whether it is flowing somewhere now," commented geophysicist Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson on the latest developments in Bárðarbunga.
The largest earthquake to hit the Bárðarbunga area last night was of magnitude 4.1. Almost 400 quakes were picked up by sensors, most by the northern tip of the intrusive dyke. While new cauldrons indicate glacial melt caused by intense heat, monitors show no signs of a big eruption.
Four calderas have formed in Vatnajökull glacier east-southeast of Bárðarbunga volcano, considered to be visible signs of ice melting. The big mystery is where the water might flow. It could flood Jökulsá á Fjöllum to the north of the glacier as earlier feared, or flow into Grímsvötn and burst...
The Icelandic Civil Protection Department issued a statement at 11 pm explaining that as of yet there is no sign of an eruption on the surface. However, the center at Skógarhlíð in Reykjavík will be on active duty during the night. Víðir Reynisson, the department's director, said that an...
Fractures, about four to six kilometers long, have formed north of Vatnajökull outlet glacier Dyngjujökull, northeast of Bárðarbunga, as reported by RÚV, visir.is and the Icelandic Met Office. Small calderas have formed in the glacier and it cannot be ruled out that an eruption...
Cracks, 6 km long, have been seen in Dyngjujökull, northeast of Bárðarbunga, as RÚV just reported. A new caldera has been formed in Bárðarbunga and mbl.is reports that an eruption has started below the glacier, but this is not confirmed by the Icelandic Met Office.
Arngrímur Hermannsson, manager of tour operator Ice Explorer, was stunned when he encountered a family driving a small rental SUV on Langjökull glacier on Sunday.
The seismic activity in Bárðarbunga was greater last night than the night before. Between midnight and 6 am about 500 quakes were recorded. The big quakes are believed to be the result of changes in pressure, caused by the progression of the magma.
Scientists of the Icelandic Met Office and University of Iceland, Institute of Earth Sciences, have evaluated the current status at Bárðarbunga and have concluded the following: there are no indications that the intensity of the activity is declining.