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Volcanologist: Only Matter of Time before Next Eruption Starts

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Volcanologist: Only Matter of Time before Next Eruption Starts

Holuhraun gígur 16. sept Freysteinn

The eruption earlier tonight. Photo: Freysteinn Sigmundsson/Icelandic Met Office.

Earthquakes continue hitting the Bárðarbunga area. Approximately 100 quakes have been registered today, approximately half of which originated in the caldera of Bárðarbunga volcano.

The largest earthquake yesterday was of magnitude 5.2 and hit just before 3 pm, southeast of the volcano. Earthquakes have also been recorded in the area around the Holuhraun eruption.

Yesterday volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson told RÚV that if the eruption in Holuhraun would stop then another eruption would occur in the same area shortly afterwards; it would only be a matter of time.

The volume of magma which has accumulated below the earth's surface is so extensive that a short eruption would not be able to emit all of it.

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