Iceland’s Bardarbunga Volcano Threat Grows

Approximately 8600 years ago, Bárðarbunga produced the largest known lava flow during the past 10,000 years on earth. It is now erupting again and details will be posted HERE and HERE.

Volcanic eruptions played a large role in the cold temperatures during the Grand Minimums.  According to observers the real danger is for the caldera collapse with 300 to 1200 feet of ice falling in to the caldera creating steam and explosive ejections. These ejection could have an impact on our local climate as the ash cloud circles the earth and block the sun. Stay Tuned.

barobunga_cam

Dust and ash blowing by wind near the web cam, not from the eruption yet? 

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Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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7 Responses to Iceland’s Bardarbunga Volcano Threat Grows

  1. Walt says:

    How things change over night for us. The video feed is spectacular. If you can deal with the shaky camera.
    It was surprising to read that what’s spilling out is high in Aluminum.

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  2. Walt says:

    Here is one that is pretty good.
    http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcanoes/today.html
    It covers most of the activity around the globe.
    Here is the one dedicated to our upset child.
    http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/bardarbunga/seismic-crisis-2014/updates.html
    It looks like we are back to a wait and see.

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  3. Walt says:

    It’s far from over Russ, ground displacement grows by the hour.
    The current measure is 60CM.
    Things will get worse before it gets better. Who really knows what the big crater
    is really up to. With all that magma now gone, everything on top may just fall in.
    ( just a wild guess)
    Only time will tell. At least the webcams are operational again.

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    • Russ Steele says:

      Walt,

      Thanks for the update. I have been looking for reports and have come up with mostly out of date information. Can you send a link to your source?

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  4. Russ Steele says:

    Earthquakes are rocking Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano, adding to concerns that magma movements may trigger an eruption that could hinder air traffic.

    Iceland’s Met Office says two earthquakes measuring over magnitude 5 shook the volcano under the vast Vatnajokull glacier on Wednesday. Some 500 quakes have hit the area since midnight.

    A row of newly formed cauldrons (depressions) was spotted in the Vatnajokull glacier near the Bardarbunga volcano during a reconnaissance flight today, leading to speculation that a small eruption had begun there. Scientists estimate that 30 – 40 million cubic metres of ice have been melted.

    According to a statement from the Icelandic Civil Protection Agency (CPA) early Thursday morning, three cauldrons were seen, 4 – 6 km long, 1 km wide, with a depth of 10 – 15 metres, near the southeastern rim of the Bardarbunga caldera. They are not believed to be associated with the intrusion that has been propagating to the north in recent days.

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  5. Russ Steele says:

    The threat seems to have passed as the lava fills and ever widening trench in the earth crust. Iceland has removed the flight restrictions and the world is returning to normal, well near normal, as the trench continues to grow in length.

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