Holuhraun Volcano is the Most Dangerous Place in Iceland Featured

Holuhraun Volcano - Photo: News of Iceland Holuhraun Volcano - Photo: News of Iceland

The ongoing volcano in Holuhraun, Iceland is now the most dangerous place in the country. Not only is the  volcano erupting fire and stones all over the place, but molten lava is also flowing fast in all directions. On top of that life threatening sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas is swarming around the crater and traveling with the wind.

Trespassers Arrested - Dangerous Gas

A warning was recently issued for northern parts of the East fjords of Iceland, where high levels of SO2 were being emitted by the eruption and the wind was carrying it that way. 

Everyone knows about the volcano in Iceland, and the area has officially been closed down, allowing only scientists and sometimes journalists to enter. But people have been sneaking into the area, without proper authorization, leaving them unregistered and therefore in even more danger. The Icelandic police has arrested several people for trespassing. The De­part­ment of Civil Pro­tec­tion stresses the im­por­tance of respecting the clos­ings. They are for your own good.

Víðir Reynis­son, De­part­ment Man­ager at the De­part­ment of Civil Pro­tec­tion was interviewed by and said:
 "Peo­ple in the town of Reyðar­fjörður ex­pe­ri­enced a great deal of dis­com­fort yes­ter­day be­cause of gases from the erup­tion. The dis­tance from the site of the erup­tion to the town are some 80 kilo­me­ters. The gases are much more con­cen­trated around the erup­tion.
"The gases cover the area and are prob­a­bly lethal and sci­en­tists work­ing around the rift have ad­vanced equip­ment to de­tect and pro­tect them from gases. De­spite this, they reg­u­larly have to evac­u­ate the area to avoid the high­est con­cen­tra­tions of gases."
"The ground is con­stantly chang­ing, with new rifts open­ing up. We know ex­am­ples of erup­tions start­ing with­out any no­tice, some­times we don't know of them un­til we see them with."

Photos from Nasa

Below are photos from NASA showing the Holuhraun lava field. The photos are from September 6th and then the lava field was 16 square kilometers (6.2 sq. miles) but since then it's area has increased to over 20 square kilometers.