By Courtney Spamer
Following the Aug. 31 eruption of the Barbarbunga volcano in Iceland, earthquakes have continued across the area and scientists continue to inspect the chance for ash from future eruptions.
Since the eruption, many across the country have been feeling earthquakes throughout the week. About 10 of these have been a 4.5 on the Richter Scale or larger, including a 5.0 magnitude earthquake on Saturday on the rim of the Barbarbunga caldera.
Now people worldwide can view the volcano’s power.
The first high-resolution image of Bardarbunga was captured on Sept. 1 by an imager on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 Satellite, less than one day following the eruption.
The above image from NASA has been processed by the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland, for the purpose of distinguishing individual lava streams within the lava field. View the enlarged image.
From space, the above image shows the lava from space in red as the smoke plume blows off to the east.
There is also a live web camera showing the activity of the volcano, provided by Live From Iceland.
The above image from the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland, shows the progression of the lava from Aug. 31 to Sept. 6. View the enlarged image.
As of Sunday, the lava flow reached the western main branch of the Jokulsa a Fjollum River and extended nearly 7 miles. The Met Office states that the lava advances about 0.62 of a mile per day.
On Sept. 5, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection concluded that two new eruptive fissured formed south of the original eruption site, according to a report by the Icelandic Met Office. This brought spewing lava closer to the Dyngjujokull glacier, reportedly reaching heights of 400 feet.
Local authorities, according to Reuters, continue to report that no volcanic ash spewing into the air, which is good for travelers across the area. On Sunday, the ash warning level remains at orange, the second highest on the scale.
Early this week, if an eruption producing an ash cloud were to occur, the upper-level steering winds would move the ash towards Scandinavia, mostly towards northern Norway and Sweden. High pressure centered across the United Kingdom will prevent ash from traveling farther south across the heart of Europe.
Although scientists are not anticipating a sudden uptick in ash from this latest eruption, a move nearer to the Dyngjujokull glacier and under an ice cap could spawn an explosion that would be more likely to produce an ash cloud.
Contributions to the story by Adam Douty, Meteorologist.
More continued coverage at AccuWeather: PHOTOS: Iceland’s Bardarbunga Volcano Visible From Space