Glacial Flood in Skaftá River

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A small glacial flood in Skaftá river, South Iceland, has been reported by the Icelandic Met Office.

Travelers are advised not to stay close to the source of the river for long, due to potential gas pollution.

Discharge has increased slightly and electric conductivity has increased slowly since last week and was reported to be 290 microS/cm yesterday afternoon.

The flood originates in the Western Skaftárketill cauldron. The last time the cauldron flooded was as recently as in August of last year, which is why this flood is not expected to become a big one. The river is monitored 24/7 by the Icelandic Met Office.

You can follow the latest developments here. 


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