Strong earthquake swarm 100 km north of Kolbeinsey island

During the night of 28-February-2019, starting on 27-February-2019 an strong earthquake swarm took place 100 km north of Kolbeinsey island. I don’t know if this was just a earthquake swarm or an eruption. The area is far from the coast and remote because of that. Depth of the ocean at this location is around 1 to 3 km and that makes any eruption invisible on the surface of the ocean.


Green stars show the location of the earthquake swarm. Copyright of this image belongs to Iceland Met Office.

Largest earthquake in this swarm had a magnitude of 4,3 (at 07:43 UTC) and second largest earthquake had a magnitude of 4,1 (at 07:37 UTC). Total number of earthquakes with magnitude above 3,0 was 16 at last review from Icelandic Met Office. I don’t know the total number of earthquakes recorded in this earthquake swarm. A lot of earthquakes where not detected because of distance from the SIL network. It looks like this earthquake swarm is over. Since there hasn’t been any earthquake activity detected for the last few hours.

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Earthquake with magnitude (Mw) 4,2 in Bárðarbunga volcano

Yesterday (23-February-2019) a earthquake with the magnitude Mw 4,2 took place in Bárðarbunga volcano. This earthquake was in the north-east location of the caldera. This is the location were most earthquakes happen in Bárðarbunga volcano. There appears to have been a foreshock this time with a magnitude of 2,7.


Earthquake activity in Bárðarbunga volcano. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

I can’t provide wave image of the earthquake since my main earthquake computer is broken and I can’t afford for the moment getting a new one (+Windows 10 Pro licence). I hope to get a new computer this summer for this task along with switching to Raspberry Shake seismometer.

EMSC/USGS show the magnitude as 4,5 this happens due to difference method used for calculate the magnitude of this earthquake.

Update

I did manage to get the earthquake trace data from the remote station that handles it.


The earthquake in Bárðarbunga volcano. This image is under Creative Commons licence. Please see CC Licence page for more details.

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Article updated on 25-February-2019. Image of the earthquake added.

Earthquake swarm north of Geysir volcano

Starting yesterday (22-February-2019) and ending today (23-February-2019) a swarm of earthquake happened north-east of Geysir volcano. This was not a large earthquake swarm with only around 24 earthquakes.


Earthquake activity north-east of Geysir volcano. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

Largest earthquakes in this swarm had a magnitude of 2,4. Other earthquake were smaller in magnitude.

Minor earthquake swarm in Tungnafellsjökull volcano

Today (20-February-2019) there has been a minor earthquake swarm in Tungnafellsjökull volcano. Largest earthquake in this swarm had a magnitude of 1,2 and other earthquakes where smaller in magnitude. Total of five earthquakes were detected.


The earthquake activity in Tungnafellsjökull volcano (north-east of Bárðarbunga volcano). Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

It is unclear why this earthquake activity is happening. There is possible that some dyke intrusion is happening in the volcano but evidence remain unclear. This might also be crustal adjustment after BárĂ°arbunga volcano eruption in 2014 to 2015. I don’t think anything more is going to happen besides earthquake activity. Last eruptions happened sometimes 10.000 to 12.000 years ago and those are uncertain.

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Minor earthquake swarm in Katla volcano

Yesterday (18-February-2019) a earthquake swarm took place in Katla volcano. This is the first earthquake swarm in Katla volcano for a long time and it is unusual how early this activity starts.


Earthquake swarm in Katla volcano. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

Largest earthquake in this swarm had a magnitude of 3,0 and other earthquakes in this swarm were smaller in magnitude. Total of ten earthquakes took place in this swarm. This earthquake activity now seems to be over.

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Earthquake swarm in Reykjanes volcano (south end of Reykjanes peninsula)

Today (6-February-2019) a earthquake swarm started in Reykanes volcano on Reykjanes peninsula. Last documented eruption in this volcano took place in the year 1926 according to Global Volcanism Program. It was most likely out in the ocean far from the coastline and lasted only for five days


Earthquake swarm in Reykjanes volcano system on Reykjanes peninsula. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

Largest earthquake in this swarm had a magnitude 2,8 and the second largest earthquake in this swarm had a magnitude of 2,6. Other earthquakes in this swarm have been smaller in magnitude.

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Fresh earthquake activity in Öræfajökull volcano (week 6)

During the night of 4-February-2019 a earthquake with the magnitude of 2,6 took place in Öræfajökull volcano. This earthquake was the start of an earthquake swarm that is currently ongoing.


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

This is normal pattern for Öræfajökull volcano in recent months. Rate of earthquake activity in Öræfajökull volcano appears to continue to be going up. This means that injection of magma into Öræfajökull volcano continues at what appears to be at similar rate as before.

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Strong earthquake swarm south of Jan Mayen (Norway)

During early morning of 2-January-2019 a strong earthquake swarm took place south of Jan Manyen (Norway) or about 350 km north of Kolbeinsey island. I don’t know if there are any volcanoes in this area, but it is possible. This might also just be tectonic earthquake swarm. Largest earthquake in this swarm had a magnitude of 5,0 (EMSC information here). Second largest earthquake in this swarm had a magnitude of 4,6 (EMSC information here). Up to ten earthquakes with magnitude between 4,3 to 5,0 took place in this swarm. Icelandic Met Office has listed ten earthquakes on their map, the magnitude is not correct on their map due to distance from the SIL network.


Earthquake swarm south of Jan Mayen (Norway). Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

Due to distance from any seismometer network a lot of smaller earthquakes were not recorded in this earthquake swarm. It also makes it impossible to know for sure if this earthquake swarm is currently ongoing or if it has ended.

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