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Continued Seismicity at Bárðarbunga Volcano

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Continued Seismicity at Bárðarbunga Volcano

Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier.

Bárðarbunga, which lies underneath the Vatnajökull icecap. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Fifty earthquakes have been picked up by sensors around the Holuhraun eruption site since 7 pm yesterday, according to the Icelandic Met Office’s update this morning.

Most of the earthquakes have occurred in Bárðarbunga caldera and other in the northern part of the intrusive dike, channeling magma from the volcano to the fissure eruption in Holuhraun.

Seven earthquakes larger than magnitude 3.0 hit the northern part of Bárðarbunga caldera since yesterday evening, the strongest of which measured magnitude 4.8 and occurred at 1:41 am.

One minor earthquake of magnitude 2.4 hit at 9:57 yesterday evening 10.4 km (6.8 miles) southwest of Kópasker, Northeast Iceland.

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