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Glacial Outburst in Skaftá River Expected

The glacial outburst in Skaftá river in south Iceland could commence at any moment now; photos taken near Skaftárkatlar calderas this morning indicate an outburst has occurred in the western caldera.


From Skaftárkatlar calderas. Courtesty of ICP

High turbidity in the river and water conduction is surging. According to measurements from the Icelandic Met Office water flow has not increased. However, geologists believe a glacial outburst is imminent as the western caldera is empty. The glacial outburst should register on meters tonight or tomorrow.

The last glacial outburst was last year when water from both calderas entered the river; the water level is expected to be lower this time due to the size of the previous outburst, reports.

Click here to find up-to-date information from the Icelandic Met Office and here to find out about road and weather conditions around the country.

Click here to see more photos from in the area and more here from Jarðvísindastofnun Háskóla Íslands (the Geology Institution of the University of Iceland).

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