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Reduction of the access controlled area north of Vatnajökull

The Police District Commissioners in North Eastern, Eastern, Southern Iceland, and the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police have decided to change the restricted area in Holuhraun with reference to the Civil Protection law no. 82/2008 article 23. The restricted area extends 20 m outside the edges of the new lava field, to the edge…

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The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun has come to an end

The Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection held a meeting this morning, Saturday 28th of February 2015, and sent out the following statement: The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun, which began on August 31st 2014, has come to an end. The area continues to be closely monitored. Gas contamination is still detected around the…

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The access controlled area north of Vatnajökull glacier has been redefined

The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police and Police Districts Commissioners in North East, East and Southern Iceland have decided (with reference to law on civil protection nr. 82/2008, article 23) to change the scope of the access controlled area north of Vatnajökull glacier. The decision is taken in close collaboration with the Icelandic Meteorological…

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Overview of the seismic activity in Bardarbunga and the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun

The Scientific Advisory Board met on Friday 30th of January 2015 and wrote this overview of the seismic activity in Bardarbunga and the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun. The document can be accessed here, with images and graphs, on pdf format. A powerful volcanic eruption is still on going in Holuhraun with a flow of lava…

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Holuhraun in the first weeks of the new year

The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun continues into the new year, 2015, with similar intensity as it did in the last few weeks of the old year. Lava is still flowing in tens of qubic meters per second from the crader, building a constantly growing lava field in the sandy area north of Vatnajokull glacier. The…

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The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun has lasted for 100 days

The Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection met yesterday, 8. December, as it does regularly three days a week. The scenarios, for the most likely development of the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun and the subsidence of Bardarbunga caldera, were reviewed at the meeting. As all devoted readers of our notes (published here) know,…

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An overview of the activity in Bardarbunga and the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun

Today, December 3rd 2014, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection reviewed data about the development of events in Bardarbunga and the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun, from the beginning of the unrest until the present day. Most of the data show a decline in the subsidence of the Bardarbunga caldera and the volcanic…

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Storm warning from the Icelandic Met Office

The Icelandic Met Office has sent out an storm warning for Sunday and Monday. There will be no weather for travelling in Iceland on Sunday and Monday. People are advised to look after loose things that may be caught by the strong wind such as trampolines, gardening furnitures and bicycles. Here below is a text…

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SO2 pollution in the north in Dalvik and Sauðárkrókur

SO2 pollution has been measured over 2500 µg/m³ in Dalvik and around 1000 µg/m³ in Sauðárkrókur today in the north of the country . People are advised to avoid unnecessary outdoor activities, close windows and turn off ventilation. More information can be found on the webpage http://www.ust.is/default.aspx?pageid=81f07aab-399a-11e4-93bd-00505695691b (Info and FAQ)  

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High values of SO2 in North and Northwest Iceland – updated

High values of SO2 have been measured in North and Northwest Iceland this morning. Akureyri has seen over 4000µg/m³, Stykkisholmur 2700µg/m³ and Saudarkrokur over 5000 µg/m³. According to latest measurements the pollution is no longer detectable in Saudarkrokur. Information on response can be found here on our page. Information on air quality can be found…