Happy new year 2011!

Since the new year starts at different time for people reading my blog. I want to wish everyone a happy new year 2011!

My new years break that I going to take is going to last from 31. December 2010 and until 3. January 2011. Unless something major happens in Iceland and the current quiet time ends with a lot of noise.

62 Replies to “Happy new year 2011!”

  1. Thanks. And the same for you (and of course all other readers of this blog). Lets see, what 2011 will bring in terms of volcanology.

      1. Heh.. I already run into manifestations of a similar nature when I go back before 1901.

        That weirdness of dates is one reason that a lot of quake and gps lists are in a yyyy.%% format or use separate date and time variables. Real pain in the arse but you figure out how to get into and out of that format is no big deal.

        Even though I use a relatively modern version of Excel, it’s still a 32 bit program and gets colicky when I use old dates. A free plug-in called Xdate adds functionality to dates before the speed bump, but it still adds a level of aggravation to it.

        Personally, I only think that the Y2K38 will be an issue in databases… and likely only archived ones. Easily coded around if the programmer knows what he/she/it is doing. (yeah, I said “it”… sometimes you just don’t know. Could even be a self coding AI program)

  2. I see that the new year is going to come with more earthquakes at Blöndulón lake area. The last two earthquakes where actually compressed earthquakes of at least five to eight earthquakes (hard to tell them a part). But the earlier earthquake wave was highly noise signal. I do not know why that is.

  3. AsI have to work the 1.1.11 I’ll be sleeping wenn the year turns.
    But I wish all people here on the blog a very good, healthy and hopefully peacefull 2011!
    And of course, some impressive but not-damaging eruptions!

    Thanks again for all the interesting discussions and food for thoughts here, and to Jon, thanks for this great blog!

    1. Did the Mayan’s predict volcanic things? Did they predict anything?

      I thought it was all about their calendar system. I thought it was the change date from one Mayan long cycle to another, – a bit like changing from one century to the next, though their calendar cycles were rather longer than our centuries.

      1. He he, no expert in predictions here, but a volcanic firework lover (as long as they don’t cause much harm to people).
        Maybe Lurking is better equipped to answer to your question.
        Happy new year, Lurking! 🙂
        (I’m in “teasing mode” now).

      2. Yes, I love to see the powers of nature being displayed. I don’t feel guilty about watching, because geology will do what it is going to do irrespective of whether I watch or not. I do hope that no-one gets hurt in the process, but nature dictates that bit unfortunately.

      3. Yeah, it’s pretty much a calendar roll of the Mayan long count. With only about 4 “books” from that time surviving due to the action of a monk (I think) there is a lot of room for interpretation.

        And… the new agers did a lot of interpretation.

        My fav is the one about the Earth passing through the equatorial plane of the galaxy. – wrong. That won’t happen for another 15 to 30 million years. Okay, so the sun will be in alignment with the center of the galaxy. – true. But it’s been like that for the past seven years and will continue to do so for another seven or so.

        Your mileage may vary. Do not pass “Go,” do not collect $200.

    1. It looks promising : )
      lets wait and see what happens in the next few hours to days.

      happy new year anyways.

  4. There seem to be a earthquake swarm going on at the north edge of Vatnajökull. Happy new years eve everyone!

  5. Hey Renato,

    I guess we could call it The Leaning Tower of Hekla, eh? Well, only sometimes. LOL

    May we see some wonderful eruptions this next year that do not harm and put on a great show.

    Happy New Year to everybody and to those of you who are already in 2011!

  6. Jon Frimann,

    Thank you for all your work for this blog. I do check in, though I don’t post very often. Have a great new year. We will be watching with you to see what happens in Iceland.


    1. @Diane: Wish you all the best.
      And I loved the epithet: The Leaning Tower of Hekla. That would keep tourists coming. 🙂
      @Carl: According to your reasoning, if we skip 2012 then we’ll have to skip again the next year, 201X (God forbid!).
      As for the woolen socks, thank you, but I can do without them! Happy new year!

  7. Happy almost-New Year (here, not for almost 13 more hours…) to all of you. Wooly socks appreciated – but we’re heading into a warming trend and will lose all our (not very much) snow. I miss childhood winters in New Hampshire when snow came, and stayed, and piled up. There was a rope tow for kids on the hilly golf course across the street, many fine hours of desperately trying to hang on, feeling the rope slipping through my leather mitten-covers, knowing the person behind was getting closer… : )

  8. Thank you for this year everyone and hope you will have a great new one! All we know now is that there will be eruptions but where, when and how is to be revealed. Can it better 2010?

  9. Me too wishes everyone on this blog a healthy and erupting new year!
    I only hope that – when “something” happens on Iceland like the Eyja – it stays on a little longer, because this year when we arrived on Iceland the 3rd week of june, we only experienced an ash storm!
    Here in Holland we only have lots of firework ash!
    Kind regards to you all!

    Henk Weijerstrass, Zwaag, Holland

  10. Happy New Year! I’m heading out to the piers for the fireworks in a bit.
    Nice and warm here (40 F). Thanks again to all!

    1. That was the most amazing fireworks display I’ve ever seen. 320,000 Icelanders. There must have been at least one firework per person!

      Utterly bonkers and better than banker’s bonuses. [Huge Grin]

      Happy New Year.

    2. Just to be clear, I’m reporting from the northeast of USA not Iceland. In addition to that, it was actually closer to 50 F which was very balmy compared to the recent temperatures here.

  11. Happy New Year to everyone from Arizona! Here’s to all the devoted watchers of Gods great power!

  12. HAPPY NEW YEAR Everyone!!!!
    After coming home watching our own fireworks here ( 1 hour time difference to iceland) i checked the New Years cam. Now i know why they moved it. I have never seen anything like that. If anyone ever wants an absolutely crazy firework…. Go to Reykjavik for New Years and Mila People.. please move the cams again next year.

  13. Happy New Year everyone!
    Here the first episode of the winter has ended; it’s now about 6 degrees Celsius.
    Also NO quakes here in Zwaag (close to the IJsselmeer and Alkmaar).
    A very nice site made by an Iceland lover in Rotterdam: http://www.ijsland-enzo.nl/
    You willo be able to see when, where and with what magnitude the quakes are on Iceland.
    Also links to the various newssites of Iceland.
    Kind regards,

    Henk Weijerstrass

    1. I would be very suprised to see earthquakes in Zwaag! *gg* (at least tectonic ones…)
      Thanks for the site about ijsland – nice to read Dutch. 😉

      Starwoman = Dutchwoman living in Szwitzerland.

      1. Hello Starwoman,

        Where do you live in Switzerland? I used to pass through Switzerland in my Triumph Spitfire with my MTB on the back.
        I always stayed 2 nights on a camping in Trun and then cycle to the Oberalppass and back (64 km), very nice!

        Kind regards,

        Henk Weijerstrass (in a quakefree Zwaag)

  14. Sorry, of course most of the site is in dutch and to help the non dutch readers: aardbevingen = earthquakes!


    1. Compared to Icelandic, Dutch is easy. ;D ‘Aardbevinger’ is just the same as ‘jarðskjálftar’…

    1. Wow, that was spectacular! On Manhattan (NYC), we only had the fireworks in Central Park and off of the piers. It’s very “controlled” here as compared to Iceland. Anyway, this is not my video, looks like it was taken from a roof in Brooklyn maybe:

      Now for some exciting New Year’s housework, oiy!

    2. Interesting, very much so: Sylverter’s day (31 December) was made immortal in Finland in a poem dedicated to one of our most prominent authors, Aleksis Kivi, who “only lived from autumn till Christmas”

      Syntyi lapsi syksyllä –
      tuulet niin vinhasti vinkui –
      tuult’ oli koko elämä,
      nähnyt ei kesää, ei kevättä,
      eli vain syksystä jouluun.

      Syksyn lapsilla kiire on –
      päre pihdissä sammuu –
      aatos lentävi, aivot takoo,
      veri paksuna päähän sakoo,
      ovella Sylvester vuottaa.

      “Vuota vielä, oi vanha vuos!” –
      tuulet niin vinhasti vinkuu –
      “jouda en viel’ sua seuraamaan!
      “Vanhus ovella nyökkää vaan:
      “Saat elää syksystä jouluun”.

      “Viivy, viivy, oi vanha vuos!” –
      päre pihdissä sammuu –
      “niin täysi, niin täysi on sydämein,
      sen tahtoisin antaa ma kansallein,
      en vielä jouda ma kuoloon!

      ” Hetket rientävi, kello lyö –
      tuulet niin vinhasti vinkuu –
      “Onko, onko jo keski-yö?”
      “Päätä, lapsi, nyt päivätyö,
      jo aamun tähtöset tuikkii.”

      “Vielä hetki, oi vanha vuos!” –
      päre pihdissä sammuu,
      kannel heikosti helähtää,
      kääntyvi ovella harmaapää –
      loppui laulajan vuosi.

      “Minne viet mua, vanha vuos?” –
      tuulet niin lauhasti tuoksuu –
      “minä niin pelkään ja vapisen.”
      “Rauhoitu, rakas lapsonen,
      ovella taivaan jo ollaan.”

      Astuvi sisähän vanha vuos –
      taivaan kynttilät loistaa –
      saattavi laulajan Luojan luo:
      “Tässä poian ma pienen tuon,
      jok’ eli vain syksystä jouluun.”

      Virkkavi Herra Jumala –
      tuulet niin lauhasti tuoksuu –
      “Etkö kesää sä nähnytkään?”
      “Näin vaan syksyn ja talven sään”,
      laulaja vavisten vastaa.

      Kyyneltyy silmä Jumalan –
      taivaan kynttilät loistaa –
      “Siis suvi sull’ olkohon ikuinen!
      Mut virka, poikanen poloinen,
      ken olet ja mistä sa tulet?”

      “Laulaja olen ma laadultain” –
      tuulet niin lauhasti tuoksuu –
      “tulen tähtösestä ma pienestä,
      min nimi on Maa”. –
      “Mihin kuolit sä?”
      “Kurjuuteen kuolin ja nälkään.”

      Vihastuu Herra Jumala –
      taivaan kynttilät sammuu –
      “Sano kansas, niin kostan ma kuolosi sun!”
      “Ei, ei, hyvä, suuri on kansani mun,
      et sille saa sinä kostaa.

      Mut hiukan hillitse viimojas,
      ne liian vinhasti vinkuu
      mun maani armahan aukeoilla.
      Suo päivän paistaa sa Suomen soilla!” –
      Näin laulaja tuskassa huutaa.

      Hymyilee hyvä Jumala –
      taivaan kynttilät loistaa –
      “Voi oikein olla. Ehk’ koetin ma
      sun kansaas liiaksi tuulilla.
      Taas kukat kummuille nouskoon!”

  15. There’s a new (stronger?) swarm occuring beneath Kristufell, I’d love to hear Jon’s interpretation on these swarms there have been lately.

    1. I would also like some explanaition for this two swarms, are they purely tectonic or are those quakes caused by the volcano? The recent quake is also pretty close to the surface, and nearer to the surface than the last one. tectonic stresses or a rising dike?

      1. Rising dike would be a very plausable explanation in my opinion. Kristufell is, as far as we know, exactly on top of the center of the magma plume which created the Icelandic hotspot.

    2. This appears to be tectonic earthquake in that area. A dike related earthquakes are pointed to a tight spot where they take place. This does not appear to be the case for the moment.

      At the moment however I am more interested in what is happening in Katla/Eyjafjallajökull volcanoes.

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