A magnitude 5.3 earthquake occurred in Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier at a depth of 5 km shortly after midnight last night. The earthquake is the largest since current seismic activity began in the area one week ago. A magnitude 5 earthquake also occurred at around 5:30 am, ruv.is reports.
As reported last night, the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police in collaboration with the District Commissioners of Police in Húsavík and Seyðisfjörður decided that the emergency phase will stay in effect despite reports that an eruption may in fact not have started.
The Icelandic Met Office is continuing to monitor the situation closely but stresses that there are presently no signs of ongoing volcanic activity. The aviation color code for the Bárðarbunga volcano remains red as an imminent eruption can not be excluded.
The emergency phase will be reevaluated at noon today.