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Weather forecast for the next 24 hours

North 5-10 m/s with rain and drizzle, but mostly fair in South- and West-Iceland.
East and northeast 8-13 tomorrow, but lighter wind in the northeast part. Starts to rain in the south part and still cloudy and wet weather in the north.
Temperature 8 to 14 deg. C. tomorrow.

Forecast made 16.08.2018 15:40

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Hítardalur gagnvirkt þrívíddar landlíkan

Displacements in Fagraskógarfjall for some time before the landslide fell - 24.7.2018

Sentinel-1 satellite radar images show displacement in the starting area before July 7th, when the landslide occurred according to InSAR analysis by Vincent Drouin at the University of Iceland and the National Land Survey of Iceland. The mountainside in the starting area of the landslide is different from the surrounding slopes according to an interferometric analysis of the radar images. The displacement in the last days before the landslide was at least a few centimetres. The starting area also appears to have been moving in 2017, 2016, and 2015 but at a slower rate.

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Status of Öræfajökull volcano - 13.7.2018

After a series of meetings with scientists from The Icelandic Meteorological Office, The University of Iceland and Iceland Geosurvey, The Department of Civil Protection has issued the following statement.

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Umfang skriðunnar úr Fagraskógarfjalli er gríðarlegt

A large landslide falls in Hítardalur valley - 10.7.2018

A large landslide fell in Fagraskógarfjall mountain in Hítardalur valley, W-Iceland, in the morning of July 7th. The landslide crossed the river Hítará, damming the river and causing a lake to form above the debris tongue. The water found a new channel the next day into Tálmi, a riverbed that reconnects with Hítará a few km farther downstream.

The landslide fell from an area that showed evidence of earlier ground displacements and might be an old landslide deposit. The displaced material is a mixture of e.g. rock debris, scree from the lower part of the hillside, swamp soil and sediments from ancient lakes on the valley bottom. A preliminary estimate of the volume of the slide is 10–20 million m3. The area of the debris tongue is ca. 1,5 km2 and the debris is up to 20–30 m thick. 

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Fractures in Svínafellsheiði and a potential rockslide on Svínafellsjökull - 22.6.2018

Civil Protection advises against travel on Svínafellsjökull due to landslide danger. In particular, guided tours on the glacier are discouraged. Travellers are advised to stop only for a short while at viewpoints by the glacier tongue.

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IMO and The Icelandic Civile Protection Agency reassess the status for Öræfajökull - 4.5.2018

It is close to nine months since an unrest in Öræfajökull was detected. The unrest was apparent from elevated seismicity, the development of a depression in the ice-surface (cauldron) within the caldera, and the presence of geothermal gases from a glacial river. At this time, the geothermal activity beneath Öræfajökull was assessed to be high relative to previous decades.

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Glaciers in Iceland continue to retreat - 20.4.2018

The mass balance of the Icelandic glaciers has been negative since 1995 with the exception of the year 2015 when it became positive for the first time in 20 years. The mass balance in 2016 was again negative by a similar magnitude as in recent years. The mass balance of Langjökull and Hofsjökull

was again negative in 2017 whereas Vatnajökull was almost in balance. The glaciers have lost approximately 250 km3 of ice since 1995, which corresponds to ca. 7% of their total volume. Glaciers in Iceland have retreated rapidly for more than two decades and glacier downwasting is one

of the most obvious consequences of a warming climate in the country.

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Skálholt

Early work and an overview of measurements

Evaluation of the history of climate in Iceland since the settlement has been ongoing for more than two hundred years. Hannes Finnsson, the bishop of Skálholt wrote the first scientific treatise on the subject in 1796 (Finnsson, 1796).

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