Update on the eruption in Bardarbunga, Vatnajokull, Iceland

October 30th, 1996

The eruption ended on October 13th, no eruptive activity has occurred since. Meltwater continious to flow from the eruptive site towards the subglacial Grimsvotn caldera lake, but at a much reduced rate than before. For the last week the flow of water has been on the order of 100 cubic meters per second, sufficient to raise the water level of the lake by about 0.25 meters per day. Rate of flow is decreasing with time, as the eruptive material becomes cooler. There are not any signs of the expected and long waited flood on Skeidararsandur. Our next update will be given when the situation changes.