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Water Levels on the Rise

The glacial outburst flood in Skaftá river continued to rise yesterday afternoon. Water levels reached 370 cubid meters per second at 5:30 pm; the flood will not be considered large unless it reaches more than 1000 cubid meters per second.


From Skaftárketill calderas. Photo by Ólafur Freyr Skúlason.

Specialists from the Icelandic Met Office told mbl.is the glacial flood is no bigger than can be seen in the annual spring melt.

“It looks like the glacial flood is getting bigger but the water volume is low. This is a small glacial flood but you never know what might become of that. It looks as if it will get bigger in the next few days, Ólafur Freyr Gíslason, a specialist from the Icelandic Met Office told mbl.is.

The question is how much water gathered in the calderas since the last glacial flood in Skaftá river two years ago; the water level is increasing by few cubid meters. The glacial flood might peaked in the next few days or even in the early hours today.

The Icelandic Met Office continues to monitor the situation.

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