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Bardarbunga volcano
Stratovolcano approx. 2000 m / ca. 6,560 ft
Central Iceland, 64.63°N / -17.53°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
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Bardarbunga volcano eruptions:
1080(?), 1159(?), ca. 1210, ca. 1270, ca. 1350, ca. 1410(?), 1477 (very large effusive-explosive eruption), 1697, 1702, 1706, 1712, 1716, 1717, 1720, 1726, 1729, 1739, 1750, 1766, 1769, 1797, 1807(?), 1862-64, 1872(?), 1902-03, 1910, 2014-15 (Holuhraun fissure eruption)
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Large effusive eruptions, some explosive activity.
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Bárdarbunga volcano news & activity updates

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Sat, 27 Dec 2014, 15:59
Map of the Nornahraun lava field as of 24 Dec 2014 (Univ. Iceland)
The eruption continues, but seems to be becoming slowly weaker. The latest measurement shows the Nornahraun lava field measures now more than 81 square km. ...more [read all]
Fri, 19 Dec 2014, 10:01
View of the eruption at Holuhraun this morning (MILA webcam)
The eruption continues with little variation. The Nornahraun lava field is now almost 80 square km in size. An extensive lava tube system has formed inside it, bringing supply of lava to the outer areas. ...more
Fri, 12 Dec 2014, 11:46
Evolution of the lava flow field at Holuhraun (IMO)
The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) published two great graphics showing the gradual evolution of the Holuhraun (or now called Nornahraun) lava flow field and compares it with the two largest lava fields erupted on Iceland in historic times, Laki in 1783 and Eldgjá in 934 AD. Even though it is the largest eruption in more than 150 years on Iceland, it still is much much smaller than those two.
Comparison of the Nornahraun lava flow field with the two largest historic ones on Iceland (IMO)
Fri, 12 Dec 2014, 11:37
Landsat 8 image of the lava field at Holuhraun yesterday
According to the latest measurements, the lava field from Holuhraun now covers 77,5 km². The eruption which had its 100th day on 9 Dec, continues with little changes and there is no end in sight. ...more [read all]
Fri, 5 Dec 2014, 16:06
Aerial view of the Holuhraun eruption yesterday (credit: Martin Hensch / IMO)
The eruption continues to with fluctuating intensity. Lava effusion rates are still very high, but overall seem to follow a decreasing trend. Also, gas supply to the lava lake above the vent seems to be becoming less. ...more
Wed, 3 Dec 2014, 18:26
Landsat-8 image of the area of the eruption (NASA)
The eruption continues with little changes. While most of the lava now remains on top of the already emplaced lava field, more than 75 square km large, several lateral outbreaks are active as well. ...more [read all]
Tue, 2 Dec 2014, 15:32
Snapshot from embedded video showing the boiling lava lake at the vent in Holuhraun
The eruption continues at similar intensity as during the past weeks. It also continues to produce spectacular images and videos such as this one from an overflight in late November: ...more
Sat, 29 Nov 2014, 11:46
These two images were posted on the twitter account of the University of Iceland after their recent field expedition. As the lava field continues to expand, new branches of red hot rivers reach its edge and cascade down on the sandy plain below in a spectacular ‘water’fall of glowing lava. Scientists report that by now the Holuhraun lava field covers almost 75 square kilometres which represents an area bigger than the Reykjavik metropolitan area. ...more [read all]
Tue, 25 Nov 2014, 15:58
Earthquakes and subsidence of the Bardarbunga caldera since 12 Sep (Icelandic Met Office)
The eruption at Holuhraun continues strongly. The only apparent change is that during the past days, the intensity of lava output seems to be less stable and fluctuating. ...more [read all]
Mon, 17 Nov 2014, 11:00
The lava lake inside Baugur crater at Holuhraun
Winter conditions continue to make it difficult to study the fissure eruption at Holuhraun. Rare opportunities for visual observation however revealed that the Baugur crater ceased to eject tall lava fountains and transformed into an elongated, boiling lava lake. Magma seems to be welling up in this lava lake at the same effusion rate as early November. The two images accompanying this update are snapshots from a stunning video recently shot by Jon Gustafson. ...more [read all]

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