Holuhraun

A Look at the Overall Picture

One of the more persistent reader questions is “What will/can happen now?”. I am pretty convinced that this question is what occupies most people on the inside of IMO, Allmannavarnir and NordVulk as well. The words of several eminent vulcanologists, that this episode is unprecedented, indicate that this may indeed be so. But in order…

Photograph by Eggert Norðdahl. Used under permission.

Bárðarbunga update

I once again reiterate that it is Icelandic Met Office and Almannavarnadeild ríkislögreglustjóra that has the authority to issue warnings for Iceland in regards of eruptions and jökulhlaups. For airborne ash advisories it is in the following order London VAAC and IMO that issues advisories. That being said here follows a brief update. Almannavarnadeild ríkislögreglustjóra…

Eldey, I would have prefered to publish a picture of the Geirfuglasker island, but there was none to be had. If anyone could find the Reykjanes Ridge Geirfuglasker on an image please tell us so in a comment. Do not confuse this Geirfuglasker with the Geirfuglasker next to Surtsey.

Great Auk, is that a Volcano?

Iceland is filled with active volcanoes and normally we gawk like Auks at the volcanoes that are driven by the combination of hotspot-volcanism and MAR spreading. Especially we “Ooh” and “Aah” at those tormented spots that are hotspot, continental-spread and triple-junction driven at the same time. There is after all a good reason for that,…

monaco bank

Monaco Bank: An Unstudied European Volcano

Monaco Bank is a submarine volcano located in the Azores Island Arc. The volcano was constructed on regional tectonic trend connecting the active volcanic island of Sao Miguel (5 volcanoes) to the now extinct Santa Maria Island. Like many Azores volcanoes, the volcano is rift-dominated, built on a NW-SE-trending fissure 20 km south of the…