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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
Wed, 23 Apr
Wed, 23 Apr 16:13 UTCM 0.9 / 11.8 km2 km1.8 km NE of Hamarinn
Wed, 23 Apr 13:17 UTCM 0.4 / 6 km21 km3.4 km SSE of Kistufell
Wed, 23 Apr 01:20 UTCM 0.8 / 12.6 km2 km2.3 km E of Hamarinn
Wed, 23 Apr 00:17 UTCM 0.7 / 5.1 km20 km3.3 km WSW of Kistufell
Tue, 22 Apr
Tue, 22 Apr 22:58 UTCM 1.1 / 19.5 km12 km13.2 km SSE of Bárðarbunga
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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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