Volcano Watch: Lava Field Bigger Than Lake Mývatn - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Volcano Watch: Lava Field Bigger Than Lake Mývatn

Published September 29, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
Photos by
Axel Sigurðarson

The lava field created by the Holuhraun eruption is now 44.5 square kilometres, reports RÚV. By comparison, Lake Mývatn is 37 km2.

Seismic activity continues to be strong with as many as 60 earthquakes reported in the Bárðarbunga area on Saturday.

The largest earthquake reported yesterday had a magnitude of 5.2 and the subsidence of Bárðarbunga caldera continues.

Since September 12, the caldera has subsided by 7 metres and the subsidence has now reached the caldera’s half-way point.

Iceland’s Civil Protection and Emergency Management services have closed roads in the Northeast, north of Dyngjufall as well as some roads out of Bárðardalur and Grænavatn.

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