In 2010, volcanic activity cause an jokulhlaup from the Eyjafjallajokull glacier. A subglacial explosive eruption under the glacier caused melting to occur which produceds series of jokulhlaups. After this event, geographers, physical scientists and social scientists have worked with the Icelandic police and civil protection service to reduce hazards faced by jokulhlaups through educating people on the awareness of these local events (Carririck, 2011).

Jokulhlaup/ outburst floods are expected to increase, not because of volcanic activity like the one in the video but from climate change. Climate change is predicted to increase intense precipitaion and increase meltwater. Making outburst floods a hazard to livelihoods, properties and infrastructure (Carririck, 2011).


Carrivick, J. L (2011) Jokulhlaups: geological importance, association and hazard management. Geology Today. 27(4). 131-140

Rober Beck (2010) Volcano in Iceland- flash flood from Eyjafjallajokull glacier [Online video].[Accessed 19th February 2014]