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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)
Typical eruption style:
Large effusive eruptions, some explosive activity.
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Bárdarbunga volcano news & activity updates

Bárdarbunga volcano update: Estimation of intrusion rate

Tue, 26 Aug 2014, 13:40
13:40 PM | BY: T
According to the Icelandic Met Office, approx. 50 million cubic meters of magma have been added to the current intrusion during the past 24 hours. This corresponds to an average of approx. 500-600 cubic meters a second!
Seismic activity remains high with no signs of weakening. If the intrusion breaches the surface, the most likely scenario seems to be a fissure eruption at the present location of the northern end of the dyke, i.e. immediately north of the Dyngjujökull glacier.
Previous news
Tue, 26 Aug 2014, 08:59
The earthquake this morning at the north/northwestern part of the caldera at 6 km depth at 01:26 UTC could have been the biggest in the current swarm. Estimated magnitudes range from 4.1 (IMO) to 5.7 (USGS). ... read all
Tue, 26 Aug 2014, 06:42
Recent earthquakes at Bardarbunga volcano (marker shows this morning's magnitude 5 quake)
The seismic swarm continues to be intense and continues with no significant changes. A magnitude 5 quake occurred this morning 01:26 UTC northeast of the central volcano. read all
Mon, 25 Aug 2014, 15:36
Map indicating all earthquakes that occured since 16 August, showing their spatial migration in the last 10 days (red = today)
The latest offical briefing from the Icelandic Met Office confirms that seismic activity continues to migrate northwards with earthquakes below Bárðarbunga becoming weaker. An eruption in the Bárdarbunga caldera is therefore at present considered to be less likely. ... read all
Mon, 25 Aug 2014, 08:58
Location of today's earthquakes near Bardarbunga volcano
The seismic crisis in Bárðarbunga and Dyngjujökull continues strongly. Today alone, more than 400 quakes of magnitudes up to 4 were detected, mostly at the N end of the active intrusion that has been going on. The location of the quakes indicating the front of the magma intrusion (dyke) continues to advance northwards. Its tip is now outside the glacier and approaching the Askja caldera. In case of an eruption, it is now more likely that at least some of it occurs on land (and not under the glacier). ... read all
Sun, 24 Aug 2014, 22:12
About half an hour ago, another strong earthquake (magnitude 5.3) occurred near Bardarbunga. It is not yet listed by IMO, but was already picked up by international earthquake monitoring systems. ... read all

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