Red skies over Holuhraun

Last night the most stunning images flowed in over Mila cam Bardabunga 1. That radar station or as we on VC call it Dalek R2D2 got a visit. We could watch 2 people moving around with flashlights, but sometimes at least one just stood there in awe, watching the scene developing so close to him/her/?…

Volcanic gases

As you may well know, there are many volcanic gases. These gases help drive the eruption. Initially dissolved in the magma, they expand as the pressure is released, driving the magma out of the vent and causing explosive eruptions. One should also note that anything that boils below the temperature of magma (600-1200°C) should be…

2nd. fissure eruption started.

Today in the morning hours the fissure which had produced lava flows 2 days ago erupted again. One could get quite a good glimpse on the ongoing eruption on the Milacams. The eruption occurs at the same place as last time ( Holuhraun). The fissure seems to be 1,5 to 1,8 km long. It appears…

Aaand action.. Bárðarbunga

First a BIG thank you to all our readers for your contributions and especially for the way you have followed our proposed guidelines in respect to what you post. You are VolcanoCafé, a place where everyone contributes to a common interest! The following is a loose collection of interesting maps, photos and figures and links…

The Calm before the Storm

Water drainage basins at the glacier bed for the principal rivers draining Vatnajökull. Subglacial water-filled cupolas, located under depressions in the glacier surface, collect meltwater and periodically drain by means of jökulhlaups. In order to determine water divide locations on a regional scale, a model was employed which assumed that water pressure at the glacier…