New measurements of Eyjafjallajökull volcano crater

There is a short news piece about Eyjafjallajökull volcano on the news web site Morgunblaðið ( It is about recent trip that geologist took to Eyjafjallajökull volcano. They where monitoring and during measurement of the crater that did form on top of Eyjafjallajökull volcano during the eruption in the year 2010.

According to the news, the crater lake in Eyjafjallajökull volcano is now frozen and there is already 10 meter thick snow layer in the crater. While the lake is cold it is still dangerous do go down into it and people are advanced against to do so. Due to carbon monoxide that is on bottom the crater. While the bottom of the crater is cold, the same cannot be sad about the crater walls. But they are still steaming and the temperature there is from 70C and up to 95C not far below the surface. So this area continues to be dangerous to people and travelling into it should be done with care and not without an experienced tour guide.

The reason why they did go to this trip today was too estimate the area before more detailed measurements are done this summer.

News from Morgunblaðið with picture can be found here.

Fóru ofan í gíginn (, Icelandic, pictures)

Blog post updated at 02:24 CEST on 14. May 2011.

3 Replies to “New measurements of Eyjafjallajökull volcano crater”

  1. “Hi! We’ve got this loaded cannon and we would like for you to poke your head down in there to see what it looks like.” … Here’s your sign.

    Nah… I would never pull a stunt like that. Though predictable compared to cousin Hekla, Iclands volcanoes are temperamental critters.

    1. That is the deepest earthquake in Esjufjöll volcano that I have seen so far. Most of the time there have been earthquakes with the depth of 28 km and up too 15 km.

      This might signal an new earthquake swarm is about to start in Esjufjöll. As earthquakes there are created by magma pushing up into the Esjufjöll volcano.

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