Iceland on the Verge of an Eruption?

In Uncategorized by Sandra

November 21, 2017

Imminent eruption?

One of Iceland’s volcanic giants has been stirring since the beginning of this year. In the last couple of weeks it has really been waking up from a deep sleep. Öræfajökull glacier is in the southeast coast of Iceland and is considered a part of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. Increasing seismic activity has been measured in the last year or so as well as measurable land rising. That in it self does not always mean that an eruption is imminent. But in the last few days and weeks people started smelling sulphur from the river Kvíá which runs from under the glacier and scientist have confirmed the glacier is emanating high levels of Sulphur dioxide. It has also been confirmed by satellite imagery that a new cauldron has formed inside the volcano caldera, about 1 km wide which you can read more about here. If you waant to hear more about the recent events in Öræfajökull you can get more information here and here.

The Icelandic government has issued a emergency evacuation plan for if an eruption would start, so if you are traveling in the vicinity of this glacier I recommend you take a look at the evacuation plan.