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SO2 emissions from the Icelandic volcanoes in September 2014

The Bárðarbunga and Holuhraun volcanoes have been active since mid-August. The activity has been seen as effusive lava eruptions and fountains with increased seismic activity but without release of volcanic ash. However, there has been continuous SO2 emissions and thus, high SO2 values have been observed over the northern Atlantic, from Greenland to Scandinavia and Ireland. The animation below shows elevated SO2 values measured by the GOME-2 instruments onboard Metop-A and Metop-B satellites. The data has been processed by the O3M SAF and it is available via the offline access page. Just select "Trace gas columns" and log in to our dissemination services.

Animation provided by DLR.

Bardarbunga eruption SO2 plume