Bardarbunga volcano (Iceland): magnitude 3.8 earthquake, likely not related to magma movements

Mi, 31. Aug 2016, 16:35
16:35 PM | VON: T
Yesterday's magnitude 3.8 quake at Bardarbunga volcano
Yesterday's magnitude 3.8 quake at Bardarbunga volcano
Depth vs time of recent quakes under Barrdarbunga
Depth vs time of recent quakes under Barrdarbunga
A magnitude 3.8 earthquake followed by dozens of small aftershocks occurred yesterday at 3 km depth under the volcano's northeastern caldera rim (located under the ice cap).
While it is possible that such earthquakes are caused by shallow magma intrusions, the present quakes at Bardarbunga are more likely result of volcano-tectonic movements, in this case the continuing subsidence of the caldera (a so-called slow caldera collapse) which has been going on since the large 2014-15 Holuhraun flank eruption.
This also seems to reflect the opinion of Icelandic Met Office's seismologists according to a local press article.

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Do, 4. Aug 2016, 07:35
Location and depth of yesterday's earthquakes under Bardarbunga volcano
Moderate seismic unrest continues at the volcano. A swarm of earthquakes occurred yesterday afternoon under the northern caldera rim of the volcano. Read all
Fr, 13. Mai 2016, 17:58
Earthquakes under and near Bardarbunga volcano during the past week
Ever since the large Holuhraun fissure eruption (Aug 2014-Mar 2015), the volcano has remained restless. Over the past months, the volcano's seismic activity has been showing a slow increase. ... Read all
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