Uncertainty Continues At Bárðarbunga - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Uncertainty Continues At Bárðarbunga

Published August 28, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
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The Icelandic Coast Guard

Uncertainty about what is happening underneath Vatnajökull glacier continues following the appearance of fissures yesterday, reports RÚV.

As reported, a flight observing the surface of Vatnajökull discovered a row of 10-15 m deep cauldrons, 1 km wide, south of the Bárðarbunga caldera. They form a 4-6 km long line. The cauldrons have been formed as a result of melting ice.

Geophysicist Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson estimates that roughly 30-40 million cubic metres of glacial water has been produced but told RÚV that there is no evidence indicating an actual eruption at this time.

Magnús Tumi believes it is possible that a minor eruption may have taken place in the area where the fissures are located a few days ago without anyone noticing adding that there has been no seismic activity in that area.

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