Earthquake activity in Bárðarbunga volcano (Week 03-2018)

Today (15-January-2018) a earthquake swarm activity took place in Bárðarbunga volcano. This is a regular event at this point and has been for some time now. Today’s earthquakes had the magnitude of 3,5 (09:39 UTC) and 3,3 (09:47 UTC). The location suggests that stronger earthquakes are going to happen soon in Bárðarbunga volcano in the north-east part of the caldera of Bárðarbunga volcano.


Earthquake activity in Bárðarbunga volcano (green stars). Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

This earthquake activity shows that Bárðarbunga volcano continues to inflate after the end of the eruption in Holuhrauni in Februar-2015. Currently it is clear that Bárðarbunga volcano is preparing for an eruption. When next eruption might happen is impossible to know.

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4 Responses to Earthquake activity in Bárðarbunga volcano (Week 03-2018)

  1. Dr D says:

    Does anyone have a link to a pic or a series of links showing how the water runoff changes after the Holuhrauni eruptions?

  2. Jan B says:

    Maps are available from Icelandic Met-office, e.g. this one shows it pretty clear:
    http://en.vedur.is/hydrology/articles/nr/2963

    ANd this satellite image:
    https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=85031

  3. Z says:

    Early alerts indicate a couple of strong readings at 21:05 and 21:18, plus some lesser ones during the same time interval. Any idea where they are coming from?
    http://hraun.vedur.is/ja/alert/2018/jan/16/index.html

  4. Henk Weijerstrass says:

    The first green star in Öraefajökull if I’m not mistaken; MW 3,1 at a shalliw depth (0.1 km).
    Any thoughts on this Jón?
    Kind regards!

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