Iceland’s Bardabunga Volcano Erupting Pictures Are Just Unreal

Iceland’s Bardabunga volcano has been erupting since Aug. 29, with lava shooting out of the ground on the Holuhraun lava field about halfway between that volcano and a neighboring volcano called Askja. The lava has flown out of the collapsed crater of Bardabunga, known as a caldera, in a nearly 30 mile long dyke, before reaching the Earth’s surface.
The flow of molten rock, or magma, out from underneath the volcano, through the dyke, and out of the ground has been so significant that the caldera itself — which sits underneaththeDyngjujokull glacier — has sunk by more than 61 feet, which is the largest amount of subsidence observed in any volcano in Iceland since such observations began in about 1950.

Due to the magma movement and the sinking volcano, earthquakes continue to rattle the area, with a 5.5 magnitude quake on Wednesday, and a 5.3 magnitude quake on Thursday.

Scientists studying the volcano from the air and the ground have had to contend with hazardous plumes of sulfur dioxide gas that are streaming from the fissure in the ground that opened up on the Holuhraun lava field, like a scrape on a person’s skin. The gases may pose a health hazard to populated areas downwind of the eruption, and have been detected as far away as Norway.

The pictures from the eruption which we are going to share here will show you a glimpse of power this eruption holds.

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