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.
The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun continues at a similar rate and the subsidence of the Bárðarbunga caldera continues. On Saturday residents in Reykjavík noticed a smell of sulfur and there was a haze over the mountains in the east.
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas is expected to pollute the air in North Iceland from Strandir to Eyjafjörður, the north-central highlands and East Iceland from Egilsstaðir to Höfn. While the eruption in Holuhraun continues, fewer and smaller earthquakes were recorded by Bárðarbunga.
Farmers in East and Northeast Iceland, the regions that have suffered the most sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution from the Holuhraun eruption, are concerned about the wellbeing of their free-roaming sheep.
The Icelandic Met Office has started publishing maps on their website with forecasts of the spread of the pollution caused by toxic sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas coming from the Holuhraun eruption, on a daily basis.
Icelandic tourism companies are being approached by prospective tourists from abroad, who are interested in viewing the eruption in Holuhraun up close. A meeting was held to discuss the possibility yesterday.
Considerably strong earthquakes hit Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier yesterday evening, of magnitude 4.8 at 8:20 pm and of magnitude 5.4 at 9:34 pm.
Seismic activity is continuing in the eruption area at Bárðarbunga and Holuhraun with about 50 earthquakes occurring between midnight and 6:45 am this morning.
The Department of Civil Protection has advised all people in the village of Kópasker, Northeast Iceland, and surrounding areas to stay indoors, close the windows and turn up the radiators due to high levels of sulfur dioxide pollution from the eruption.
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution from the eruption in Holuhraun spread to Northeast Iceland yesterday.