What is a “Jökulhlaup”?

gygja101101-3An earthquake of magnitude 3.0 on the Richter scale occurred underneath the Grímsfjall mountain in Vatnajökull on the night before first indications of the jökulhlaup (glacial river flood) were observed. Grímsfjall is situated adjacent to the Grímsvötn subglacial lake (the source of the flood), and earthquakes and other tectonic movements associated with flooding are recorded by instruments on the mountain.

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Eruption Alert at Stage One: Uncertain

alertAn Earthquake of 2.8 on the Richter scale was detected at 5 PM on Monday. The Public safety commission has declared the first stage of preparation for an eruption in Grímsvötn: Uncertainty. This is the lowest of three stages for the preparation for natural disasters. According to mbl.is this stage involves no limitations on travel but heightened cooperation between organizations and a smoother transfer of information.

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Icelandic Fin Whale Meat Exported to Japan

whale-cutting_psIcelandic whaling company Hvalur has exported 500-600 tons of fin whale meat to Japan this year. According to information from the Japanese Ministry of Finance, 164.1 tons of fin whale meat has been delivered to markets but the remaining meat is still waiting to be handled by customs.

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Icelanders to Assist on Power Plants in India

katrinjuliusdottir-radhIcelandic Minister of Industry Katrín Júlíusdóttir met with Indian officials, who expressed interest in energy cooperation with Iceland, following her and Director of Energy Gudni A. Jóhannesson’s participation in the DIREC 2010 conference in New Delhi last week.

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Neue vulkanische Aktivität im Hochland

eruption-vatnajokull_psDer angestiegene Fluss Gígja in Südostisland signalisiert, dass der Grímsvötn, ein aktiver Vulkan im Gletscher Vatnajökull, möglicherweise kurz vor einem Ausbruch steht. Das Isländische Meteorologische Institut mass am Sonntagabend Erschütterungen in den Grímsvötn-Seen, die den Wasserstand der Gígja um 30 cm steigen liess. 130 Kubikmeter Wasser pro Sekunde flossen ab.

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