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Map of earthquakes at Bardabunga volcano (26 Jan)
Saturday, Jan 26, 2013
Earthquakes at shallow depths (around 5 km) continue at reduced rate. [more]
Map of rencent quakes under Bardabunga volcano
Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013
An earthquake swarm at depths between 2-10 km about 8 km NE of Bardabunga volcano under the Vatnajökull icecap has started. ... [more]

Bárdarbunga volcano

Stratovolcano ca. 2000 m (ca. 6,560 ft)
Iceland, 64.63°N / -17.53°W
Current status: restless (2 out of 5)
Bárdarbunga webcams / live data
Last update: 5 Jul 2013
Typical eruption style: Large effusive eruptions, some explosive activity.
Bárdarbunga volcano eruptions: 1080(?), 1159(?), ca. 1210, ca. 1270, ca. 1350, ca. 1410(?), 1477 (very large effusive-explosive eruption), 1697, 1702, 1706, 1712, 1716, 1717, 1720, 1726, 1729, 1739, 1750, 1766, 1769, 1797, 1807(?), 1862-64, 1872(?), 1902-03
Last earthquakes nearby:
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Sun, 20 Apr
Sun, 20 Apr 10:48 UTCM 0.8 / 5 km17 km17.6 km NNE of Grímsfjall
Sun, 20 Apr 09:37 UTCM 1.1 / 3.8 km12 km10.7 km SW of Kistufell
Sun, 20 Apr 07:42 UTCM 0.8 / 5.8 km1 km2.5 km WNW of Grímsfjall
Sat, 19 Apr
Sat, 19 Apr 22:49 UTCM 0.6 / 10.7 km18 km4.9 km SW of Kistufell
Sat, 19 Apr 15:20 UTCM 0.8 / 9.3 km10 km13.1 km NW of Grímsfjall
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Bárdarbunga, a large central volcano, had its last major eruption in 1477 when it produced a large ash and pumice fall-out deposit. It also produced the largest known lava flow during the past 10,000 years on earth (more than 21 cubic kilometers of volume).

Background:

The volcano is hidden beneath the northwestern part of the Vatnajökull glacier, and contains a 700-m-deep caldera that is hidden beneath ice and has extensive flank fissures, from where eruptions have taken place: the Veidivötn fissure extends for over 100 km to the SW, almost reaching Torfajökull volcano, while the Trollagigar fissure extends 50 km to the NE touching Askja volcano.

A major risk from Bárdarbunga are jökulhlaups (glacier-outburst floods), that can be hazardous for areas in all directions around Bárdarbunga.



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