Bárðarbunga Update


Apologies as I have been busy with work the past few days and have not been able to update the situation unfolding over in Iceland. There has been a relatively steady fissure eruption occurring in the Holuhraun lava field since the weekend. It is along the same fissure opening as the first eruption although has been much more intense and extending to the north and south.

1. Fire fountain along the fissure at 07.15 am 31/08/14. (Iceland Met Office.)

It started shortly after 4am Sunday morning and by 7am extended 3 km and roughly 1 km wide.There has been an estimated 20-30 million cubic meters of lava released since the opening of the fissure. Despite the increased lava flow, little ash was being produce and the aviation code was lowered back to orange in the afternoon for Bárðarbunga and remained at yellow for Askja.

2. Fire fountains have reached a spectacular 60 meters high in places (University of Iceland).

Seismicity still continues, but there have been fewer earthquakes stronger than a magnitude 3 since this large eruption began.


1. Fire fountain along the fissure http://en.vedur.is/earthquakes-and-volcanism/articles/nr/2947 Accessed 02/09/14


About Melly Rocks

20 something living in London while doing my Natural Science BSc with the Open University. Wannabe geologist and trainee volcanologist. Living life to the full and following the rocky road to my dreams...

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