Sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution from the Holuhraun eruption peaked at 5,400 mµ/m3 in Höfn in Southeast Iceland last night. People in the area received an sms from the 112 National Emergency Number at around 7 am this morning alerting them of the pollution.
Three earthquakes of magnitude 4.5 or larger have hit the area around Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier in the last 24 hours. In the past days, earthquakes around magnitude 5.0 have occurred in the area at an interval of approximately 30 hours.
The lava which has flowed from the craters in Holuhraun now covers 60 square km (23 square miles). The eruption is ongoing, although the volcanic activity has decreased somewhat. Scientists are examining data more closely and re-estimating the situation.
Residents in Ísafjörður and elsewhere in the West Fjords received a text message from the Civil Protection Department at around 11 pm yesterday evening, warning them that high pollution levels because of the Holuhraun eruption were present in the area and advising them to stay inside.
A subsidence of approximately 15 cm (5 in) occurred in the caldera of Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier following a magnitude 5.4 earthquake hitting the northern caldera at 11:15 am yesterday, as indicated by the Icelandic Met Office’s GPS monitor in the caldera.
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas pollution from the eruption in Holuhraun north of Vatnajökull glacier in the northeastern highlands is expected in most parts of the country today, but East Iceland will probably be pollution free in the afternoon.
High levels of sulfur dioxide (SO2) from the eruption in Holuhraun were detected at the air quality monitoring station in Grafarvogur at 2 pm. Levels were up to 500 mµ/m3, as stated in a press release from Reykjavík City Council.
Pollution from the eruption in Holuhraun is expected in South and Southwest Iceland again today. According to the Environment Agency of Iceland’s pollution monitoring stations, the air quality on Grensásvegur in Reykjavík and on Hvaleyrarholti in Hafnarfjörður is poor due to sulfur dioxide (SO2...
Pollution from the eruption in Holuhraun could be seen in the capital area yesterday and this morning. The sunrise this morning was blood red and the gas plume could be seen clearly.
Pollution from the eruption is expected southwest of the volcano today and tomorrow, including in the greater Reykjavík area.
The Icelandic Met Office expects sulfur dioxide (SO2) gases from Holuhraun to drift across West and Southwest Iceland today and South and Southwest Iceland tomorrow, including Reykjavík and the greater capital area.
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) gases emitted by the eruption in Holuhraun north of Vatnajökull glacier in the northeastern highlands are expected to drift to the west today. The pollution could cover the entire capital region at some point.
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution from the Holuhraun eruption could be detected in Hvalfjörður, West Iceland, yesterday evening and in Norðlingaholt suburb of Reykjavík in the early afternoon.
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.
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.
Pollution from the eruption will drift to East and Southeast Iceland today, from Fáskrúðsfjörður in the north to the southeastern corner of Vatnajökull and the town of Höfn in the south.
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.
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...
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.
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).
Three earthquakes above magnitude 3.0 have been measured around Bárðarbunga volcano under Vatnajökull glacier since midnight, the strongest of which was of magnitude 5.2. Pollution from the Holuhraun eruption site will likely be carried across Egilsstaðir and the East Fjords today.
The lava from the Holuhraun eruption flows at the same rate as yesterday, mostly around the center of the lava field, which is now around 37 square km (14.3 square miles).
Today, pollution from the eruption in Holuhraun is mostly expected to drift to the northeast of the eruption site, although it may temporarily move towards the east, according to the Icelandic Met Office’s forecast. On Saturday, the pollution reached Reykjavík.
The Civil Protection Department in Iceland stresses that not respecting that the eruption site around Holuhraun is closed to the public may be life-threatening. Birds that died of poisoning have been found at the eruption site.