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The following is a loose collection of interesting maps, photos and figures and links provided by readers and collectively assembled by the dragons. The last 24 hours have been a bit chaotic, so have forbearance with us!
Where to get scientific updates
Note for everyone checking the IMO pages: the Institute of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland has a news page with the same content as IMO. Checking this would help with not overloading the IMO servers while still getting the same information, so please, use this link for the official scientific updates.
Today’s contributions about the eruption
This showed up as a large tremor spike on the Askja SIL-station that immediately died down:
This map shows the location of the Holuhrauni eruption:
Our readers kept seeing light on the new Milawebcam and they sent images.
Some great video footage was recorded in the morning during a series of low-level passes along the fissure. Camerawork credited to Hjalti Stefánsson
According to IMO lava effusion peaked between 00.40 and 01.00 UTC, and then slowly subsided. Lava flow had ceased by around 04.00 UTC, although the fissure continued to steam. The end of the eruption, or at least this phase of it, was reported by Icelandic news outlets, while the Icelandic Coast Guard flew its patrol aircraft over the region to conduct observations and confirm that lava was no longer flowing. At midday London VAAC (the volcanic ash advisory centre responsible for Icelandic airspace) issued a notice stating “No VA [volcanic ash] observed. Overflight conducted and no lava was observed flowing from fissure N of Dyngjujokull. Repeat no VA observed”.
With the aviation code at Red, the Icelandic Transport Authority initially imposed a large no-fly area for IFR air traffic around the fissure and extending to the north/northwest (downwind) and up to 18,000 feet altitude. Later the restricted zone was reduced in area, and the altitude limit lowered to 5,000 feet. Subsequently all flight restrictions were lifted.
At 10.00 UTC the aviation code was downgraded to Orange. Askja remains at Yellow.
Article in an Icelandic online Newspaper posted by Junior.
Ekström model of the caldera.
Richat ring in Mauritania
Need more real-time info? Check this
Another good site for scientific updates is Bardarbunga’s own website. He also has a serious twitter account @Bardarbunga_IS and a crazy twitter alter ego @Bardarbunga. Incidentaly, so do Dygnjuokull @dygnjujokull and Eyjafjallajokull @Eyjafjalla.
You can also check the twitter feed of the University of Iceland @uni_iceland.
In general twitter is a great place to get quick updates and there are many volcanologists, geologists and other volcano-related professionals worth following. Here are a few that we know of and follow, but if the readers know of others, please, let us know:
Dr Erik Klemetti @eruptionsblog, Dr Dave McGarvie @subglacial, Gisli Olafsson @gislio, Dr Jascha Polet @CPPGeophysics, Prof Simon Redfern @Sim0nRedfern, Steven Hicks @seismo_steve, Prof Tim Wright @timwright_leeds
ETA: Further twitter reader suggestions:
Thorbjorg Agustsdottir @fencingtobba