Grímsfjall volcano preparing for an eruption (also known as Grímsvötn)

On Wednesday 25-May-2016 a small earthquake swarm took place in Grímsfjall volcano (also known as Grímsvötn), none of the earthquakes that took place managed to reach the magnitude 1,0, many of the earthquakes where shallow and might be glacier movement, rather than actual earthquakes, but in I find it unlikely reason.

Earthquake activity in Grímsfjall volcano (red dots, blue dots). Copyright of this image belongs to Iceland Met Office.

Since 2011 Grímsfjall volcano has been preparing for an eruption. The eruption in 2011 was the largest one in 140 years at least (VEI=4). The average time between eruptions in Grímsfjall volcano around 5 to 7 years (based on known eruption history). How long it is going to take until Grímsfjall volcano is ready for a new eruption is impossible to know, the current data however suggests that next eruption might not be that many years away. GPS data and other interesting information can be found here.

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12 Responses to Grímsfjall volcano preparing for an eruption (also known as Grímsvötn)

  1. WurzelDave says:

    Hmm, I wonder which will go first Grimsvotn or Bardabunga?

  2. Scots John says:

    1st choice Askja, second choice Hekla. Are we going to have a sweep? ?

  3. Peter says:

    If it’s a sweep, I’ll take Katla.

    And you can only choose 1 🙂

    • Z says:

      I’m with you on this one. Statistically speaking, the odds are in Katla’s favor.

  4. JB says:

    Bardarbunga,most recently active,so statistically greater chance of an eruption?

  5. Jack McIlveen says:

    Who’s coin are we tossing??

    • Peter says:

      Can’t really do coin…. Just for the fun of it…

      How about a title: “Volcano Predictor Extrordinaire”


      • Gary Meyers says:

        I think he meant using a coin flip to decide?

      • WurzelDave says:

        I choose Bardabunga but also tossed a coin which landed on Grimsvotn… now I’m confused! 🙂

      • Porsche928 says:

        Flip or toss, there is a difference.

        If it landed on Grimsvötn would that mean its magnetic field is stronger?

  6. Luisport says:

    31.05.2016 12:24:53 64.619 -17.447 0.1 km 3.3 99.0 4.5 km ESE of Bárðarbunga

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