Glacial flood uncertainty alert cancelled
A geothermal meltwater flood started from under the Vatnajölull glacier on the evening of Saturday 4th September; at the time predicted to be similar in size to the 2018 flood. Civil protection authorities issued a danger alert shortly afterwards, which is the second-highest of Iceland's three emergency alert levels. The flood eventually turned out to be significantly smaller than the flood three years ago.
The flow rate in Skaftá river, and the depth of the river, continue to drop slowly but surely. The flow at Sveinstindur is now around 190 cubic metres per second, after peaking at 1,400 cubic metres per second at the height of the flood.
No significant damage to infrastructure has been reported.