Update on Askja volcano earthquake swarm

Since I wrote the article yesterday (09-November-2019) on the earthquake swarm in Askja volcano there has been increase in the earthquake activity. One magnitude Mw3,4 earthquake has happened and one magnitude Mw3,2 earthquake also happened. The active earthquake area seems to have expanded a little to both north and south. This earthquake swarm continues to appear to be only tectonic in nature and there are no signs of magma movement in the shallow levels of the crust on nearby SIL stations. It is not possible to know for sure what is happening in deeper levels of the crust.


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

There is a chance this earthquake swarm is going to increase before this activity slows down. What happens next depends on the built up stress levels in the crust in Askja volcano. In the last 48 hours over 300 earthquakes have taken place in Askja volcano.

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Ongoing earthquake swarm in Askja volcano

Since earlier this week (Week 45) there has been a ongoing earthquake swarm in Askja volcano. Largest earthquake in this swarm so far had a magnitude Mw2,8 while other earthquakes have been smaller in magnitude. This earthquake activity is happening on a fault that is North – South directions. The earthquake activity is happening just inside or just outside (this is unclear) in the main Askja volcano. This might be dyke injection into Askja volcano at this location but that remains unclear since there are no clear signs of what is happening. This might just be a tectonic activity in Askja volcano as often happens in rift zones.


Askja volcano earthquake swarm. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

What makes this earthquake swarm something to monitor is how long it has been going on. Its been going on at least five days and maybe even six days at the writing of this article. In most cases this type of earthquake swarm activity stops without anything more happening in Askja volcano. I suspect that is also going to be the case with this earthquake swarm.

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Strong earthquake and deep earthquake swarm in B√°r√įarbunga volcano

On Saturday (26-October-2019) a earthquake with a magnitude of 3,5 took place in B√°r√įarbunga volcano. This was a single earthquake and no more earthquake activity happened following this activity.

On Sunday (27-October-2019) a earthquake swarm started in B√°r√įarbunga volcano. This is a deep earthquake swarm with a depth from 20,2 km and up to 10,9 km on Sunday. All of the earthquakes in this swarm had a magnitude lower than Mw2,0.

Today (Monday 28-October-2019) the deep earthquake swarm continued in B√°r√įarbunga volcano. This earthquake swarm was larger in number of earthquakes happening. Depth was from 26 km to 15,5 km. This deep earthquake activity is connected to magma injection from deep magma reservoir that is below B√°r√įarbunga or a different one nearby. There is no way to know for sure what magma reservoir is feeding this earthquake activity. Often this deep earthquake activity is followed by a more intense earthquake activity in B√°r√įarbunga volcano it self. What the connection between those two events is remains a mystery. It is impossible to know if this increased earthquake activity means anything for now. Last times this has happened it has not resulted in anything other than earthquake activity over time period of several weeks.


The earthquake activity in B√°r√įarbunga volcano. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

This earthquake activity is now a common feature of B√°r√įarbunga volcano. This does not mean that an eruption is going to happen soon or is imminent since magma on the move to start an eruption is going to result in a far larger earthquake swarm than have been happening now.

Update on the Tjörnes Fracture Zone earthquake swarm

Today (21-October-2019) at 12:25 UTC the earthquake swarm at Tj√∂rnes Fracture Zone (TFZ) seems to have stopped rather quickly. Why that is I don’t know since this is unusual end to a large earthquake swarm. Close to 500 earthquakes were recorded in this earthquake swarm.


The earthquake swarm as of this evening. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

Largest earthquakes in this earthquake swarm had a magnitudes of 3,5 / 3,2 and 3,1. Other earthquakes were smaller in magnitude. There are reports of the largest earthquakes being felt in H√ļsav√≠k village according to the news in Iceland. The end of this earthquake swarm does not mean activity is over in this area. This earthquake activity was tectonic in nature and no signs of magma being the reason for this earthquake activity.

Earthquake swarm on eastern Tjörnes Fracture Zone (close to the coastline)

Today (19-October-2019) an earthquake swarm started in eastern Tjörnes Fracture Zone. This is close to the coastline so it might be felt if any large earthquake happens. This earthquake swarm appears to be gearing up to be a strong one with many earthquakes every few minutes.


The earthquake swarm in Tjörnes Fracture Zone. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

I have limited internet until 1st of November and I might not be able to update this article if something happens in this earthquake swarm or if a large earthquake happens.

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Magnitude Mw3,1 earthquake in Hamarinn volcano

Today (13-October-2019) at 17:44 UTC a magnitude Mw3,1 earthquake took place in Hamarinn volcano (no Global Volcanism Page, see B√°r√įarbunga volcano). There has been some earthquake activity in this area for last several weeks.


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

Last time there was this increase in earthquake activity in Hamarinn volcano an eruption happened in July 2011 without warning and no earthquake activity before it. That eruption remains unconfirmed by the professionals but I hold that we it did happened based on documented data (harmonic tremor, glacier flood).

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Minor earthquake activity in Tungnafellsjökull volcano

Today (13-October-2019) a minor earthquake swarm took place in Tungnafellsj√∂kull volcano. After the eruption in B√°r√įarbunga volcano there has been a ongoing earthquake activity in Tungnafellsj√∂kull volcano, why that it is remains unexplained. There are suggestion in recorded data that magma is moving inside the volcano at slow rate but that remains unclear for now.


The earthquake activity in Tungnafellsj√∂kull volcano (red dots north of B√°r√įarbunga volcano). Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

Tungnafellsj√∂kull volcano has no known eruption history in last 12000 years so its impossible to know what signs if any appears before an eruption happens. Currently there are no clear signs that Tungnafellsj√∂kull volcano is preparing for an eruption. This might just be after-effect of the eruption in B√°r√įarbunga volcano that placed a lot of crustal strain on Tungafellsj√∂kull volcano and resulted in a lot of earthquake activity in that volcano during the early start of that eruption in B√°r√įarbunga volcano.

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Minor earthquake activity in Krafla volcano

Today (12-October-2019) during the night there was a small earthquake activity in Krafla volcano. This earthquake activity is minor and largest earthquake had a magnitude of Mw1,0 and all other earthquakes were smaller in magnitude.


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

There is a chance this earthquake activity is the result of water being pumped into the crust under high pressure. If that’s not the case this is just normal tectonic earthquake activity that sometimes happens in this area.

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Minor earthquake activity in Hekla volcano

Today (8-October-2019) there has been a minor earthquake activity in Hekla volcano. Largest earthquake has a magnitude of Mw1,2.


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

At the writing of this article there is no change in harmonic tremor on SIL stations around Hekla volcano. Icelandic Met Office and Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management are both monitoring the situation in Hekla volcano.

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Magnitude 3,8 earthquake in B√°r√įarbunga volcano

Today (4-Oktober-2019) at 16:31 UTC a magnitude Mw3,8 earthquake took place in B√°r√įarbunga volcano. This is the second earthquake in B√°r√įarbunga volcano in less than 24 hours. Like the earlier earthquake there has been no aftershock activity following this earthquake.


The earthquake activity in B√°r√įarbunga volcano. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

There has been minor earthquake activity in other parts of B√°r√įarbunga volcano. I don’t know if that activity is connected to the stronger earthquake activity.