Volcano Watch: Bárðarbunga And Holuhraun Update - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Volcano Watch: Bárðarbunga And Holuhraun Update

Published September 23, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
Photos by
Axel Sigurðarson

Bárðarbunga caldera continues to subside at the same rate as before, roughly half a metre per day, reports the Institute of Earth Sciences.

Large earthquakes are still being detected in the Bárðarbunga caldera, several with a magnitudes over 3, some over 5.

The lava production at the currently active Holuhraun eruption continues to be strong. The lava flow is now around the centre of the lava field, which has grown to around 37 square kilometres.

As reported, scientists in the field estimate that around 90% of the SO2 gas coming from the eruption originates in the active craters and only 10% from the lava field. Scientists have also become aware of dead birds around the eruptions site.

The Icelandic Met Office reports that the Aviation Colour Code for Bárðarbunga remains ‘orange’.


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