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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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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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Bardarbunga volcano update: Eruption continues, earthquake swarm in Herðubreið

Tuesday Sep 09, 2014 07:03 AM | BY: T

Lava fountains at the main fissure this morning (Mila webcam)
Lava fountains at the main fissure this morning (Mila webcam)
Earthquakes in the Vatnajökull area during the past days (IMO)
Earthquakes in the Vatnajökull area during the past days (IMO)
The fissure eruption at Holuhraun continues, although it appears that only the main fissure is still producing lava fountains and flows, while the smaller fissures south of it became inactive and only emitted steam yesterday.
The intensity of the eruption, i.e. the average output of lava, seems to be stable. Lava flows have been reaching the waters of Jökulsá á Fjöllum river, without producing explosive activity, only steam. The lava flows now cover almost 20 square km.
Earthquake activity has decreased at the intrusion, but continues at the caldera of Bardarbunga volcano, which has been subsiding.
Another swarm is in progress north of Herðubreið, an impressive tuya volcano in the midst of the Ódáðahraun desert close to Askja volcano.
It is impossible to predict how the situation will evolve. Scenarios such as the propagation / opening of new fissures under the ice, potentially explosive subglacial eruptions at Bardarbunga and/or Askja volcanoes, or simply a gradual ceasing of activity are all realistic scenarios.
Previous news
Lava fountains at the Holorhaun fissure eruption yesterday (image: Uni. Icelande / @uni_iceland / Twitter)
Sunday, Sep 07, 2014
The eruptive activity at Holuhraun has not decreased, the Icelandic Met Ofccie writes: "Magma flow is between 100 and 200 m3/s. The lava advances by about 1 km/day and its area yesterday afternoon was around 16 km2. ... [more]
Earthquakes in the Vatnajökull area during the past days (IMO)
Sunday, Sep 07, 2014
The eruption continues at similar levels as during the previous days. At the eruptive fissures, most lava emission in the form of lava fountains is now concentrated from the central vent on the main fissure. ... [more]
Updated map of the lava flows from the eruptive fissure and location of the new fissure that opened yesterday (triangle) (IMO)
Saturday, Sep 06, 2014
Eruptive activity at Holuhraun is the same as yesterday. Two eruptive fissures are active, with most activity continuing at the same fissure that opened up a week ago. In addition, the fissure that opened yesterday morning is still active. The lava now extends 10 km ENE and has just under one km to reach Jökulsá á Fjöllum river. ... [more]
Activity at the main fissure this evening (Mila webcam)
Friday, Sep 05, 2014
Eruptive activity remains strong at the main fissure. A subglacial eruption is becoming more and more likely. ... [more]
Updated map of the lava flows and the location of the new eruptive fissures (triangle) (image: IMO)
Friday, Sep 05, 2014
Iceland's Met Office (IMO) confirmed the 2 new eruptive fissures that opened earlier today south of the previous eruption site in Holuhraun, in a graben, that had formed above the intrusion, about 2km away from Dyngjujökull. ... [more]

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