Eruption has begun between Barðarbunga and Askja

Eruption has begun between Barðarbunga and Askja

An eruption described as quiet lava effusion has begun about 10 km north of Vatnajökull.  


According to, the eruption is not visible on radar and is believed to be minimal ash output. Researchers in the area believe that the eruption is a few miles north of tail Dyngjujökuls.

Although there has been no significant explosive activity, the color code for the area around Bárðarbunga has been changed to red, meaning that all IFR site is prohibited.

Closures due to flooding are the same as have been the last few days.

The Meteorological Office announced eruption shortly after midnight. The first traces of the eruption on the surface were observed only on webcams around midnight (Iceland time) but it was clear that the eruption had commenced. Brightness has clearly expanded since midnight.

Thanks to Angela Rambo-Losik for this screen shot, which she captured from the webcam, Bardabunga-2, which is located about 15 to 20 miles from the volcano.

Thanks to Ed Bensman, Tom O’Hara, Angela Rambo-Losik and many others for this info

“I have followed this activity daily since 8/16/2014 and this is the first night I recall seeing lava (or magma) glowing in the distant in this image (typically it has just been completely dark at night),” says Ed.


Webcam – Bardarbunga:

Webcam – Bardarbunga 2:


7 thoughts on “Eruption has begun between Barðarbunga and Askja

  1. Hmm either everyone wanting to see it has crashed the server?
    or it got worse and wrecked cams.
    both sites are down 7 37 pm aus time.

  2. More fart than thunder. I wonder if the same was said when the Laki eruption started with one fissure opening up over the distance of a mile followed by 7 more as the eruption progressed over 8 months.
    Watch and learn is all we can do at the moment.

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