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Volcanic wonderland. Rauðibotn – lit. red bottom – is among the swarm of craters along the gigantic Eldgjá fissure in the Highlands of Iceland. It is connected to the currently active Katla volcanic system centred under the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Said to be the largest uninterrupted volcanic canyon in the world, Eldgjá came to be in […]

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An old volcano wakes up. [Update 3, August 29: There was a fissure eruption today.] [Update 2, August 24: That was a false alarm.] [Update 1, August 23: An eruption has started today, according to IMO.] The Bárðarbunga volcano under the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland has just stirred sending magma juices coursing through its subglacial […]

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News just out is that the sub-glacial volcano Grímsvötn beneath the Vatnajökull icecap in southeast Iceland has erupted today. A jökulhlaup – the burst of flood that usually follows sub-glacial eruptions – can be expected 10-12 hours from now. The following images were taken on the stretch of Ring Road that runs across the great […]

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[Update: Ólafur Petursson passed away on February 22, 2012. He was 102.] Among the most feared volcanoes in Iceland, Katla last erupted in 1918. At the time Ólafur Pétursson (b. 1909) was 9 years old, and his wife þórunn Björnsdóttir (b. 1911) was 7. The couple are today the last living witnesses to that cataclysmic […]

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