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Status Quo at Bárðarbunga and Holuhraun

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Status Quo at Bárðarbunga and Holuhraun

The Holuhraun eruption fissure.

The eruption in Holuhraun. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

The eruption activity in Holuhraun and seismic activity around Bárðarbunga volcano under Vatnajökull glacier remain stable, according to the latest scientific updates. The largest earthquake to hit Bárðarbunga since 7 pm yesterday was of magnitude 4.8 and occurred at 7:24. A magnitude 5.5 quake hit in the caldera at 1:42 pm.

The largest quake since midnight, of magnitude 4.6, occurred at 02:44 am. Five earthquakes larger than magnitude 3.0 have been registered since 7 pm yesterday, all at the northern rim of the Bárðarbunga caldera, as stated on the Icelandic Met Office’s website.

The largest earthquake in the northern part of the intrusive dike, leading from Bárðarbunga to Holuhraun, since 7 pm yesterday occurred at 9:02 and was of magnitude 2.8.

Since midnight nine earthquakes have hit in the Bárðarbunga caldera and three in the northern part of the dike. Two earthquakes have occurred at Askja and Herðubreið.

The subsidence of the Bárðarbunga caldera continues, as mentioned in the latest status report from the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management.

The eruption in Holuhraun continues at the same rate with the new lava field now estimated to cover more than 46 square kilometers (17.8 square miles).

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