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Glacial Flood Warning in Skaftá

Within the past 24 hours, the level of the Skaftá river at Sveinstindur has risen. Additionally electrical conductivity readings from the same location have increased.

glacier_psPhoto: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

These observations signify that a glacial outburst flood (jökulhlaup) is in progress. It is likely that the flood originated from the western Skaftá ice cauldron, which last drained in September 2012; however this is unconfirmed until visual observations are made. The discharge of Skaftá at Sveinstindur is presently 370 m3/s.

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