Following the declaration that the half-year-long volcanic eruption at Holuhraun is over and that seismic activity at Bárðarbunga is greatly reduced, the northeast Iceland police have decided to lift their ban on access to Jökulsárgljúfur.
The Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection met this morning with representatives of the Icelandic Civil Protection, the Environmental Agency of Iceland and the Directorate of Health to discuss the situation at the Holuhraun eruption site.
The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun lasted almost six months, from August 31 (a minor eruption began in a similar location on August 29 and lasted a few hours) and ended on February 27, or 181 days in total.
Even though scientists have concluded that the eruption in Holuhraun ended on Friday, the area around the eruption site is still off limits and the emergency level is still in effect. The Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection will meet tomorrow to discuss the situation.
Volcanic gas pollution from the Holuhraun eruption site may increase in the coming days and weeks, even though there is no more volcanic activity at the site, according to meteorologist Elín Björk Jónasdóttir.
In light of the volcano’s history and considering the fact that a large part of the Bárðarbunga volcanic system lies under Vatnajökull glacier, a sub-glacial eruption is likely, according to Kristín Jónsdóttir, director of the Icelandic Met Office’s natural hazards division.
After six months the eruption in Holuhraun is over—at least for now. The eruption was one of the biggest and most dangerous in Icelandic history, spewing toxic gases all over the country and filling a very large area with lava.
Tour operators who traveled to the eruption in Holuhraun in the northeastern highlands last week to determine whether tours could be offered to a viewing point 10 km (6 miles) away from the eruption concluded that the experience was limited from that distance.
The activity in the Holuhraun eruption has decreased significantly in February. While the eruption’s end seems to be near, volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson stated a bigger event may be imminent.
Volcanologist Haraldur Sigurðsson predicted in October last year that the eruption in Holuhraun would end on March 4 and it appears his prediction may not be too far off the mark.
Companies involved in tourism in Iceland are looking into whether tours can be offered to a viewing point 10 km (6.4 miles) from the Holuhraun eruption site after the closed-off area in the northeastern highlands was reduced last week.
A time-lapse video of the development of the Holuhraun eruption in October and November last year: ‘2 Months in 2.5 Minutes’ has been posted on the Facebook page of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police’s Civil Protection Department.
The limits of the closed-off area around the Holuhraun eruption site have been changed by the police authorities following a new hazard assessment by the Icelandic Met Office for sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas pollution. The red-coded area stretches from Kverkfjöll in the north to Hrossaborg in the...
A new risk analysis for the area around the Holuhraun eruption is currently being conducted and a new risk map will be issued next week, according to the latest Scientific Advisory Board of the Department of Civil Protection, issued yesterday.
The eruption in Holuhraun could continue until at least the beginning of this summer, possibly another year, according to Andri Stefánsson, professor in geochemistry at the University of Iceland. Andri spoke at a community meeting in Reyðarfjörður, East Iceland, on Wednesday.
Good Morning America’s chief meteorologist Ginger Zee was thoroughly impressed by the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun in Iceland’s northeastern highlands, from where she anchored the show’s live broadcast yesterday.
Earlier today a new webcam was set up to follow the Holuhraun eruption. With this new camera one can watch the eruption from a new angle.
Ginger Zee, chief meteorologist on ABC’s Good Morning America, announced yesterday that she will be in Iceland today to anchor the show live from the Holuhraun eruption site, using drones so that they can broadcast from “inside a volcano.”
The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun has now become eight times bigger than the 2010 eruption in Eyjafjallajökll and five times bigger than the 2011 eruption in Grímsvötn, if the volume of volcanic material is converted to the equivalent of solid rock.