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Increased Seismic Activity in Katla Continues, No Signs of Eruption

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Increased Seismic Activity in Katla Continues, No Signs of Eruption

Kötlujökull, outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull, South Iceland.

Mýrdalsjökull. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

Increased seismic activity in Katla volcano continued overnight.

Two earthquakes of magnitude 3.2 occurred in the Katla caldera in Mýrdalsjökull glacier, South Iceland, shortly before 4 am this morning. Around ten earthquakes followed, according to the Icelandic Met Office.

There are however currently no indications of an upcoming volcanic eruption, Einar Hjörleifsson at the Icelandic Met Office told RÚV. Scientists are monitoring developments closely.

As reported yesterday, the water level of glacial river Múlakvísl has risen in line with increased seismic activity in Katla.

The glacial outburst flood is insignificant compared to the massive flood which occurred in Múlakvísl in 2011 and destroyed a bridge on the Ring Road. Katla last erupted in 1918, causing flooding and ash fall.

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