Bárðarbunga - update

Seismic events began 16 August 2014

Update on the continued Bárðarbunga seismic events and gas emissions from the Holuhraun lava field is given here with notes, factsheets and observations in March. New material is added to the top of the article. In combination, the monthly articles give an overview of events: August, September, October, November, December, January, February and the current update. A few photos from field excursions are stored in another article.


Below is a calendar with a short-cut to each day of the month. The links become active as time goes.



Panoramic view towards the eruptive site in Holuhraun 3rd September 2014. Photo: Richard Yeo.

Updated information

2 March 2015 - gas emissions continue

The eruption in Holuhraun has come to an end but the Icelandic Meteorlogical Office still monitors gas dispersal closely. Other lava eruptions have taught that the lava field continues to emit gas for a long time yet and without the thermal rise from an open vent, the volcanic gases will tend to follow the ground. Therefore, even higher values of more polluting gas may be expected now than in recent weeks.

Vatnajökull and Holuhraun
LANDSAT 8 image from NASA of northwestern Vatnajökull 1 March 2015. Bárðarbunga in the lower left half of the image and Holuhraun in the upper rigth part. Cauldrons and depressions in the glacier are clearly visible and in the lava field slight embers can be seen here and there although the craters seem lifeless. Enlarge. Institute of Earth Sciences, NASA & USGS. Keep in mind that to the untrained eye, hollows may appear like highs and vice versa.

1 - 28 February 2015

Observations from the month of February are found in another comparable article, including a declaration from the Scientific Advisory Board that the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun has come to an end and that gas emissions still continue.

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