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Bardarbunga volcano
Stratovolcano approx. 2000 m / ca. 6,560 ft
Central Iceland, 64.63°N / -17.53°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
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Bardarbunga 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, 1910, 2014-15 (Holuhraun fissure eruption)
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Large effusive eruptions, some explosive activity.
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Bárdarbunga volcano (Iceland): earthquake swarm, possible subglacial eruption

Sunday Aug 17, 2014 10:19 AM | BY: T

Earthquakes under Bárdabunga volcano (Icelandic Met Office)
Earthquakes under Bárdabunga volcano (Icelandic Met Office)
Harmonic tremor (Dyngjuháls SIL station, IMO)
Harmonic tremor (Dyngjuháls SIL station, IMO)
An intense earthquake swarm started yesterday under Bárðarbunga volcano, located under the northwestern part of the Vatnajökull ice cap. It is continuing at the moment and accompanied by elevated harmonic tremor.
This might indicate a subglacial eruption at the volcano, but this needs yet to be confirmed.
The last eruption of Bárðarbunga volcano was in 1797, while another eruption in 1910 took place at neighboring Hamarinn volcano.
Previous news
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]
Earthquakes associated with glacial flod (Icelandic Met Office)
Saturday, Aug 25, 2012
Yesterday, a small glacier flood (jökulhlaup) started from Vatnajökull glacier, the Iceland Volcano Blog reports. The flood was coming from the western part of the Skaftárketill cauldron, an hydrothermal area inside Hamarinn volcano belonging to the Bárðarbunga volcano system. ... [more]
Wednesday, Feb 09, 2011
Another Icelandic volcano might be preparing itself for a new eruption. Bárdarbunga, a large central volcano at the NW end of the massive Vatnajökull ice cap, has recently shown increased seismic activity, the Icelandic Met Office is reported in an article of the Telegraph. These could be precursors to new activity. After all, Bárdarbunga is one of Iceland's most active volcanoes and is located quite on the center of the Icelandic hot spot. Its last eruption was in 1902-03. ... [more]

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