Possible eruption at Bárðarbunga

First of all let me say this, it is only IMO and Almannavarnadeild ríkislögreglustjóra that has the authority to officially declare an eruption in Iceland and issue warnings. Untill they have officially released a warning for an eruption there has been no confirmation. That being said, below follows what I think is happening currently at…

Goðdali, Kverkfjöll, Skaftá West Cauldron & Iliwerung

The volcanic silly season seems to be going strong now. And with silly season I mean miniature eruptions, unconfirmed eruptions, unconfirmed Jökulhlaups and so forth. These are of course interspersed with real eruptions and Glacier floods. Let us go through them. Goðdali There have been reports of sulphuric smell and unusually coloured water coming out…

Volcanic Hazards: Lahars

Lahars are called jökulhlaups in Iceland, or mudflows in other regions of the world. What are they? A lahar is a combination of water with volcanic ash and lots of other debris. The necesarry water can come out of many sources: Glaciers are one source: IngeB wrote a really nice post on Icelandic glacier runs. When…

When glaciers start running 1

What is a jökulhlaup? At the moment (December 30, 2012), water height and conductivity are again on the rise in Múlakvísl, an outlet river of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, the one covering the famous Katla volcano in the south of Iceland. Plots from Icelandic Metorological Office (vatnafar) This could be a sign for again another jökulhlaup in…

Bárdarbunga calling

Á SPRENGISANDI Ríðum, ríðum, rekum yfir sandinn, rennur sól á bak við Arnarfell. Hér á reiki’ er margur óhreinn andinn úr því fer að skyggja á jökulsvell. . . . This is one of the most famous Icelandic folk songs, talking about people riding over the highland desert, on the Sprengisandur track, hurrying on horseback…