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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

Bardarbunga volcano update: Holuhraun eruption and subsidence of Bardarbunga caldera continue

Sunday Sep 14, 2014 22:40 PM | BY: T

Lava fountains on the main fissure at the Holuhraun eruption this evening (Mila webcam)
Lava fountains on the main fissure at the Holuhraun eruption this evening (Mila webcam)
The eruption continues with little changes. Fountaining is now limited to the central vent on the main fissure. The southernmost vent, still active on Friday, stopped erupting yesterday.
The following is adapted from the most recent update of the Icelandic Met Office (IMO):
Earthquake activity has been stable compared to recent days. Approx. 140 events were detected since midnight (until 18:50 local time). The quakes concentrate in the northernmost part of the dyke intrusion, from the eruption site to about 6 km into Dyngjujökull glacier.
Earthquakes in the intrusion hardly exceed magnitude 2: as the magma has an open way to the surface now, no new fractures need to be broken, and earthquake activity has dropped as a result.
There are still several earthquakes located on the Bárðarbunga caldera rim, one of magnitude around 5 today at 14:06 on the northern rim, five of magnitude 3-4. A small series of events occurred around 17:00 close to Dreki (east of Askja), all events lower than magnitude 1.5.
Stable subsidence is seen on the GPS in the Bárðarbunga caldera, crudely 50-60 cm since midnight. A short step of 10-15 cm lowering might be associated with the 14:06 earthquake. (IMO)
Previous news
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014
The eruption continues at similar levels as during the previous days. IMO estimates the volume of lava erupted so far to be at least 200 million cu m, and the surface covered by it 24.5 square km. The lava flows continue to travel eastwards into Jökulsá á Fjöllum river. ... [more]
Lava fountains from the main vent at Holuhraun this afternoon
Friday, Sep 12, 2014
The eruption continues with little variations. We flew over the fissure and could observe lava fountains still going strong from the main vents on the active fissure. ... [more]
Friday, Sep 12, 2014
The short answer is that most likely, the gasses released by this eruption will not present a big threat except in near downwind areas of the eruption. ... [more]
Landsat-8 image of the area of the eruption (NASA)
Friday, Sep 12, 2014
No changes have occurred. The eruption continues at similar levels as during the past days. The flows are now more than 16 km long. ... [more]
Updated map of the lava flows from the eruptive fissures (triangle) (IMO)
Thursday, Sep 11, 2014
The eruption at Holuhraun continues at similar intensity. It appears that the lava output is now balancing the magma influx at depth, most of which seems to be draining from the reservoir underneath the Bárdarbunga caldera, which reacts by subsidence. ... [more]

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