Holuhraun eruption could have been much worse

“We were lucky with the Holuhraun eruption as regards both timing and location,” says Sigurður Reynir Gíslason of the University of Iceland.

“(Conditions were) the exact opposite of what happened during the infamous Skaftáreldar eruption, which began on 8 June 1783.

“The 24-hour daylight and light winds of that summer provided ideal conditions for the formation of a poisonous volcanic smog that killed 20% of the Icelandic population and affected thousands in Europe, particular in the UK, France and the Netherlands.”



3 thoughts on “Holuhraun eruption could have been much worse

    • I think it was more of a thank our lucky stars moment!
      Similar Icelandic stories indicate that around 7000 sheep haven’t been so lucky, the So2 was snowed out on to grazing areas, which the sheep consumed during the spring, sickened and then died along with the lambs they were carrying.
      Given that weather history repeats its self, particular during Solar Minimums this event could have been the reason for the part of the Maunder famine in Iceland and the subsequent loss of human life.

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