The Holuhraun eruption has ended, reports RÚV. This was officially confirmed by scientists and Iceland’s Civil Protection this weekend, though the site will remain under observation for toxic gas emissions.
Geophysicist, Páll Einarsson, would not rule out the possibility that further eruptions may begin elsewhere in the vicinity as it is uncertain how things are developing underneath Bárðarbunga.
As reported, late last week the lava flow from Holuhraun decreased significantly and a video from Norðurflug helicopter pilot, Gísli Gíslason, showed that molten lava was no longer visible on the surface of the volcanic crater.
Holuhraun erupted for 6 months and provided the nation with a number of memorable moments which included toxic SO2 vogs that occasionally forced villages and cities to remain housebound, the time the molten lava swallowed a sign post, the largest and coolest named lava field since the 1780’s and last but not least, a Christmas Card from the University of Iceland’s Earth Sciences Institute in which an aerial photo of the eruption was made to look like a santa hat.