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Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake Hits Bárðarbunga

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Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake Hits Bárðarbunga

Bárðarbunga volcano under Vatnajökull glacier.

Bárðarbunga seen during Iceland Review's Tuesday's fly-over. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

A considerably large earthquake of magnitude 5.1 occurred at Bárðarbunga volcano under Vatnajökull glacier at 6:14 this morning. Its epicenter was 5.7 km northeast of the volcano and at a depth of 6.9 km.

According to the Icelandic Met Office, 220 earthquakes have been picked up by sensors in the Bárðarbunga area in the past 48 hours, 20 of which were larger than magnitude 3.0, ruv.is reports.

A total of 63 earthquakes above magnitude 5.0 have occurred in and around Bárðarbunga volcano under Vatnajökull glacier between August 16 and November 25. Lately, the frequency of such big earthquakes has declined; last week there were five days between them.

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