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Scientists Monitor South Iceland River Closely

Geologist and hydrographer Snorri Zóphóníasson at the Icelandic Met Office said Skaftá glacial river in South Iceland is being monitored closely with sensors and other equipment in case of a glacial outburst flood in Vatnajökull.

vatnajokull_psVatnajökull. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

Scientists pay special attention to increased conductivity of the water, which is a sign of an imminent flood, reports.

Seismic activity in the area is also being monitored.

One of the sub-glacial lakes, Skaftárkatlar, is full, which indicates that a glacial outburst flood will occur. Snorri said automatic sensors in Skaftá will alert the Icelandic Met Office if any changes take place.

Snorri added that it wouldn’t surprise him if a flood would occur in the near future but it is impossible to say when exactly.


14.08.2013 | Flood Predicted in South Iceland


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