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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°W
: normal or dormant
(1 out of 5)
Bardarbunga webcams / live data
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)
Typical eruption style:
Large effusive eruptions, some explosive activity.
Last earthquakes nearby
Latest satellite imagesSentinel hub
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Bárdarbunga volcano news & activity updates
Bárdarbunga volcano update: Magma progresses at 0.23 m per second underground
Sat, 23 Aug 2014, 15:11
15:11 PM | BY: T
After a phase of weakened activity, the intrusion gained strength this morning. According to data from IMO, the dyke progressed approx 5 km in just 6 hours, i.e. at an average speed of 0.23 meters / second.
Even higher progression rates have been recorded during past eruptions, most notably the rift eruption at Krafla to the north in 1975-1984, when top speeds of magma intrusion progression reached approx 1 meter per second.
The change in direction of the propagating magma intrusion (dyke) is very well illustrated by the following graphic from Culture Volcan
showing the locations of today's earthquakes: ... read all
The eruption has started today under the Vatnajökull glacier, the Icelandic Met Office wrote in a brief update. An reconnaissance flight by the Icelandic Coast Guard detected an ongoing lava eruption under the Dyngjujökull glacier using radar data. ... read all
An eruption could occur any time now, and perhaps even has started already. We will post updates and news as they come in on this special page. ... read all
As of now, there is no confirmation that an eruption started, but the situation at Bardarbunga is evolving quickly. In addition to suspiciously high tremor levels, the location of the most recent quakes tells its story: ... read all
Seismic stations near the volcano show a marked increase in tremor since about an hour ago. This could
indicate that an eruption has started or is about to start, but this needs to be confirmed. The first visual signs of an eruption (assuming it starts under the ice cap) should be meltwater floods. ... read all
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