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Holuhraun eruption

Eruption: Three Scenarios Most Likely

Specialists at the Icelandic Met office and the University of Iceland this afternoon met to discuss the short lived eruption and what might possibly follow. At this moment it is unclear how the situation will develop.

Cracks in Dyngjujökull by Holuhraun

Civil Protection Level Downgraded to Alert Phase

The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police has decided to move the civil protection level from emergency phase back to alert phase for the eruption north of Vatnajökull glacier, which began at midnight and ended at around 04:00.

Holuhraun eruption as seen on a thermal image

Volcanic Fissure 900 Meters Long

According to the Icelandic Coast Guard, which flew over the eruption site in Holuhraun lava field this morning, the fissure measures 900 meters in length and is 5 km from Dyngjujökull, Vatnajökull outlet glacier.

A map of seismic activity in Iceland during the 48 hours to 9:45 am on August 29

Ongoing Seismic Activity in Magma Dike

Seismic activity has decreased as a result of the pressure release, however a significant amount of earthquakes are still being detected in the intrusive magma dike, between the eruption site in Holuhraun lava field and south to about 5 km (3 miles) into Dyngjujökull, as reported on the website...

Holuhraun eruption

First Aerial Footage of Eruption

Journalist, pilot and environmentalist Ómar Ragnarsson flew over the eruption in the Holuhraun lava field, north of Dyngjujökull glacier, this morning.

Holuhraun eruption

White Steam Rising from Eruption Site

An eruption began in Holuhraun, north of Vatnajökull glacier, just after midnight. Lava fountains were visible on a webcam by Míla at two minutes past midnight. White steam can now be seen coming up from the eruption site.