Situation at Öræfajökull volcano in Iceland is FAR THAN NORMAL as the caldera has deepened by some 20 meters


Volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson says that the situation at Öræfajökull volcano is “Far from normal.” There’s still geothermal heat in the area and the caldera has deepened by some 20 metres.

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Large fissures and a depression of more than 20 meters appear on the caldera of the Öræfajökull. via

A 3-D image made by specialists at the Geological Institute of the University of Iceland indicates that the caldera has deepened by twenty metres and that crevasses have become larger since it was first spotted.

The image was made using various information, not in the least the photographs of Morgunblaðið photographer Ragnar Axelsson who flew over the glacier on November 19th and again on November 28th.

We see a greatly increased pattern of fissures around the caldera. It’s now more of a drop shape than a circle, lengthening towards the South West,” says Ingibjörg Jónsdóttir at the University of Iceland.

Is an eruption is currently building up?

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