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Events and News

  • Iceland Review online - news from Iceland in English from the online version of the magazine
  • News in English from, the online version of the daily newspaper Morgunblaðið
  • RÚV - the national broadcaster in Iceland. Articles are in Icelandic, with photos

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Volcanoes and air traffic

The 2011 eruption at Holuhraun

2011-12 activity at Katla

  • 2 January 2012. Increased volcanic unrest at Katla volcano, Iceland? (conference abstract)
  • 2 December 2011. New Icelandic volcano eruption could have global impact (BBC)
  • October 2011 - summary of activity at Katla
  • 7 September 2011. Activity at Katla seems to be increasing in terms of the frequency of earthquakes. All of them are very small events. Compare today's map with earlier maps. Katla is under close observation: is she building up to an eruption? News article
  • 25 August 2011. Persistent minor earthquake activity continues under Mýrdalsjökull, both inside and outside the Katla caldera. What does it all mean? Earth tremors are occurring within the caldera and in a couple of locations at the western and southern margins of the ice sheet - perhaps the latter are generated by movements of the ice, or ice blocks falling off the glacier?? The activity within the caldera (some of which has been harmonic tremor) seems to indicate magma on the move - perhaps a dyke intrusion which hasn't reached the surface (yet)? Iceland Review articles: article 1; article 2
  • Glacial outburst flood in Skafta River, 28 July 2011. Iceland Review article.
  • A glacier-outburst flood from Katla volcano on 9 July 2011 destroyed the Múlakvísl bridge on Highway 1, the main road along Iceland's south coast. The bridge was replaced a week later by a temporary bridge - an impressive feat considering the new bridge is 150 metres long.
  • Videos, images and news items of the damage to the bridge, the transport arrangements before the temporary bridge was in place 1 week later, and the new bridge:
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  • There is continuing earthquake activity at the Katla caldera under the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap - see daily updates from the Icelandic Met Office. It is unclear whether this is related to an eruption.

The 2011 eruption of Grimsvötn

The 2010 Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull

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Last updated 15 April, 2016 23:53