Earthquake activity in Öræfajökull and Tungnafellsjökull volcanoes

This article contains information about two volcanoes. There is currently also a lot of earthquake activity in Bárðarbunga volcano. But that is going to be a different article if needed.

Öræfajökull volcano

At the moment there is a continuous minor earthquake activity happening in Öræfajökull volcano. Largest earthquake in current swarm had the magnitude of 2,0 and second largest earthquake had a magnitude of 1,5.


The earthquake activity in Öræfajökull volcano. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.


Earthquake rate in Öræfajökull volcano for the last 15 days. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

What worries me about Öræfajökull volcano is that it already seems to be at stage two in its path to an eruption. Article explaining that can be read here, Seismic patterns help forecast eruptions from quiet stratovolcanoes

Tungnafellsjökull volcano

There has been minor earthquake activity in Tungnafellsjökull volcano in recent days but mostly in last few hours. It remains unclear at the moment why this earthquake activity is happening. It is a possibility that this just tectonic stress due to Bárðarbunga volcano activity in 2014 – 2015 eruption.


Earthquake activity in Öræfajökull and Tungnafellsjökull volcano. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

As it currently stands I don’t think anything is going to happen in Tungnafellsjökull volcano for now.

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5 Responses to Earthquake activity in Öræfajökull and Tungnafellsjökull volcanoes

  1. Krissi says:

    “[…] that it already seems to be at stage two in its path to an eruption.“
    –> According to your reference article that would mean an eruption within the next two weeks: “Most of the volcanoes they studied — up to 97 percent — began stage 2 about two weeks prior to the main eruption.“

  2. Z says:

    Apparently, an M5.3 earthquake off the coast of Svalbard/Jan Mayen

  3. Jack McIlveen says:

    Iceland Met has it as 5.1 and there were several others from 4.3 to 4.5 in that area in the past 48 hours , Jon anything out there that is of concern?

    • Jan Mayen is part of Norway. The only thing that they have there is a weather monitoring station manned with 100 something people. It is a good distance from Jan Mayen I don’t expect it to have been felt by the Norway military staff located there.

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