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Current activity of Bardarbunga volcano, Iceland
: An intense seismic crisis started at Bárdarbunga volcano on 16 August 2014 and is continuing at the time of writing (23 Aug). It may or may not lead to a volcanic eruption, possibly under the Vatnajökull ice cap.
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Stratovolcano approx. 2000 m / ca. 6,560 ft
Central Iceland, 64.63°N / -17.53°WCurrent status
: normal or dormant
(1 out of 5)Bardarbunga webcams / live data
| ReportsBardarbunga volcano booksBardarbunga 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)Typical eruption style:
Large effusive eruptions, some explosive activity.Last earthquakes nearbyLatest satellite images
Bárdarbunga volcano news & activity updates
Bárdarbunga volcano (Iceland): continuing earthquake swarm & inflation, orange alert
Monday Aug 18, 2014 17:43 PM | BY: T
Earthquakes under Bárdabunga volcano during the past days
An eruption of the subglacial volcano seems more and more likely to be imminent. Rapid inflation suggests magma intrusion at shallow depth. Orange alert has been declared today by the Iceland Met Office (IMO).
The earthquake swarm continues intense with so far approx. 2000 earthquakes detected, including about 200 of magnitude 2 and higher. A magnitude 4.5 event occurred this morning NE of the volcano at 6 km depth.
The epicenter locations have migrated from their original cluster location east of the volcano to an elongated area to the NE of the volcano. This would likely be the area a new eruption could start.
Sunday, Aug 17, 2014
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. ...
Saturday, Jan 26, 2013
Earthquakes at shallow depths (around 5 km) continue at reduced rate. [more]
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]
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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