As our readers have reported, a new set of fissures have opened closer to the Dyngjujökull glacier. The fissures opened in the early hours of the morning, and they were confirmed by the IMO in its 12:20 UT update. At 8:30, a surveillance flight with scientists from the IMO and University of Iceland observed the two new eruptive fissures south of the previous eruption site in a graben that had formed above the intrusion, about 2km away from Dyngjujökull. The fire fountains from the new fissures are substantially smaller than those of the older fissure. As of yesterday, the area of the lava field is estimated to be in excess of 10.8 km2.
The location of the new vents as tentatively shown by VC reader Mopshell lies a few kilometres north of the Dyngjujökull glacier and not as feared underneath the glacier itself. According to the IMO, the eruption continues unabated, but possibly at a slower rate, which they interpret as more magma entering the system than is currently extruded.
We would urge our readers to please spare a thought for the scientists working at the site under extreme and often rapidly changing conditions and with no little physical hazard involved. Yesterday, a rise in tremor caused a temporary evacuation to safe ground in case a glacier flood might result and today comes the news of a total evacuation, including scientists. Under these conditions, it is not possible to satisfy our curiosity and urge for instant gratification. These men and women deserve our unreserved respect and thanks!
The latest addition to the plethora of scientific instruments is a Doppler radar deployed by the IMO. According to UKViggen it is a Selex ES (Gematronik) Meteor 50DX and not an updated version of R2D2 as some have suggested, despite a slight similarity in outward appearance.
The IMO has has been allowed to publish the chapter “Bárðarbunga System”, an extract from a much larger work in progress. It has not been published yet, so it is a pre-publication issue that contains what was known of this volcanic system just a few weeks before the current crisis began. We recommend it to our readers.
Henrik a.k.a. Pyrite
Only the IMO and the Allmannavarnir can issue volcanic warnings and only London VAAC can issue Flight Warnings.
We know a few wish to go there right now, in spite of the curfew issued. But, remember to stay on the where the wind is not blowing, this is a very gassy eruption high in SO2. Even one breath of the exhaust would kill you. If you decide to ignore the curfew imposed!