Repeated Seismic Activity Around Bárðarbunga - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Repeated Seismic Activity Around Bárðarbunga

Published January 5, 2016

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Axel Sigurðarson

Some seismic activity has been detected at the same locations at the site of the Bárðarbunga volcano, but there is as yet no cause for alarm.

Vísir reports that seismic tremours were detected at about 1:30 this morning at the site. Measuring at about 3 on the Richter scale, the tremours were about the same size, and at about the same location, as tremours that were recorded the night previous.

Tremours do appear to be increasing in the area, and this is being closely monitored by geologists. They predict that there may be more seismic activity yet to come. However, there have as yet not been any definitive warnings given that the volcano is set to erupt again.

The eruption captured the imagination in the international media last year, primarily for its qualities of being a pretty, lava-spewing volcano in a relatively unpopulated area (as opposed to a not-so-pretty, ash-spewing volcano close to farms, as was the case with Eyjafjallajökull). The eruption slowed early this year and ceased to erupt shortly thereafter.

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