Lava-field the size of Manhattan

Lava-field the size of Manhattan

Í gær, 14:51 Just how big is the lava-field in Holuhraun? The size of 10 football fields? 100? Try something closer to the island of Manhattan. Here are some maps that put the Holuhraun lava-field in proportion. More »

Magnitude 4.7 earthquake at Bárðarbunga

Í gær, 09:55 Earthquake with magnitude 4.7 occurred shortly before 7pm this morning at the northeastern rim of the Bardarbunga caldera accroding to information from the Icelandic Met office. Since midnight only four earthquakes have been recorded at the Bardarbunga caldera. More »

Call for a contiguous zone around Iceland

í fyrradag Five government MPs have tabled a bill in Iceland's parliament paving the way for the country to claim a contiguous zone in accordance with Article 33 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. More »

Tremours at Bárðarbunga

18.9. From midnight 13 earthquakes have been detected in Bárðarbunga in northern Vatnajökull glacier. About 27 in the northern part of the dyke and around 20 by mountain Herðubreið and Herðubreiðartögl. All below magnitude 2.0. More »

"This is only the beginning"

17.9. The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun is just the beginning. The eruption is currently abating but a huge amount of magma is still below the area waiting to reach the surface according to volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson. More »

Forty earthquakes since midnight

17.9. The largest earthquakes recorded in Bárðarbunga since 7pm yesterday occurred in the evening. A magnitude 4.8 earthquake occurred at 20:20 and a 5.4 earthquake at 21:34. More »

Around 50 earthquakes

16.9. About 50 earthquakes have occurred since midnight. The largest were within magnitude three, sourced at the rim of Bárðarbunga. More »

Eruption continues at Holuhraun

15.9. Eruption continues at Holuhraun. No major changes are observed in the seismicity  More »

Thirty earthquakes since midnight

12.9. No changes have been observed since midnight. Thirty earthquakes have been recorded, mostly located in the dyke under Dyngjujökull and at the eruption site, and at the northern rim of Bárðarbunga. More »

The most dangerous place in Iceland myndasyrpa

11.9. For some reason, a few people seem to think that the closings around Holuhraun don't apply to them. People without proper papers from the authorities, which are issued to e.g. scientists and journalist, have been arrested around the Holuhraun eruption. More »

Eruption is still ongoing myndasyrpa

11.9. Earthquake activity is continuing in Bárðarbunga and in the northern part of the dike intrusion. Eruption is still ongoing in Holuhraun. More »

"The river can only give way"

10.9. "The lava is flowing fast, even though the eruption itself seems a bit more quiet," says Ármann Höskuldsson, volcanologist at the Institute of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland. Ármann just returned from an inspection tour of the eruption site. More »

Nearly 50 earthquakes

10.9. Nearly 50 earthquakes were measured this night in the Bárðarbunga area between 00 and 06.  More »

Northern Lights and volcanic glow

9.9. "Miles of stony deserts, barren and colorful highlands, vast glaciers and smoking lava fields."  More »

Volcanic activity remains stable myndasyrpa

8.9. The southernmost rift has stopped erupting, and air quality in the eastern part of Iceland is somewhat compromised.  More »

Temporary restrictions for scientists and media lifted at Holuhraun

7.9. The District Commissioner in Húsavík has, in cooperation with the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, decided to lift the temporary restrictions on traffic in the eruption area North of Vatnajökull for scientists and journalist with special permissions. More »

Biggest subsidence since measurements of crustal movements started

6.9. In the surveillance flight yesterday the ice-surface at Bárðarbunga was measured with the radar system of Isavia’s aircraft. The measurements show large changes on the ice-surface. More »

Mud-geysers heating up in Iceland

17.9. The powers at play under Iceland don't seem to be satisfied with just getting the limelight in Holuhraun and around Bárðarbunga. On Monday, a mud-geyser named Gunnuhver showed a sharp increase in activity. More »

An eruption in the sands a best case scenario myndasyrpa

16.9. Volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson says that the Holuhraun eruption is abating. That, however, does not mean that the seismic and volcanic activity in and around Bárðarbunga is over. He hopes that when another crater or rift opens up, it will be in the sands, like the one in Holuhraun. More »

Demarche against whaling by Iceland

15.9. The EU and the governments of the United States, Australia, Brazil, Israel, Mexico, Monaco and New-Zealand, declare their opposition to the fact that the Icelandic government still permits whaling. More »

Earthquakes starting to go down in numbers

14.9. Seismic activity is similar to what it has been in the past days but earthquakes are starting to go down in numbers and magnitude. Over 60 earthquakes have been detected since midnight. Most of them have been by Bárðarbunga and the dyke under Dyngjujökull. More »

Aims to withdraw the EU application

11.9. Withdrawing Iceland's application to join the European Union is one of the issues that the government aims to get through parliament this winter. More »

Success noticed internationally

11.9. The economic situation in Iceland and the progress that has been achieved formed a significant part of Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson's policy address to the country's parliament yesterday evening. More »

“On the brink of a revolution”

10.9. Björk's new project, Björk: Biophilia live, is a concert film by Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland that captures the human element of Björk's multi-disciplinary multimedia project, Biophilia. More »

Bárðarbunga subsidence "grave concern"

10.9. Geophysicist Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson says the subsidence in Bárðarbunga is a cause for grave concern. A 20 meters subsidence in the Bárðarbunga caldera was observed in a surveillance flight over the area recently. More »

Solidarity key to Iceland's success

9.9. The foundation of the Republic of Iceland 70 years ago and the country's road towards independence was the main theme of the speech delivered by President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson today when Iceland's parliament Alþingi reconvened after the summer recess. More »

Still much seismic activity

8.9. There is still much seismic activity in the Bárðarbunga area although it has decreased in recent days. At least three large earthquakes took place after noon today according to information from the Icelandic Met Office. More »

Craters Norðri, Suðri and Baugur

8.9. The lavafield from the Holuhraun eruption is now 18.6 square kilometers, about a third of the size of Manhattan. The craters have also been given names. More »

Mesmerizing video of the Holuhraun eruption

6.9. published this video in their Vimeo-account of the eruption in Holuhraun. The video is mesmerizing, and looks more like something from the Lord of the Rings trilogy than something from this this world. More »

Magnitude 5 earthquake in Bárðarbunga

6.9. At 05:40, an earthquake of magnitude 5 occurred on the rim of the Bárðarbunga caldera.  More »

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