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Large Quake Occurs in Bárðarbunga Volcano

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Large Quake Occurs in Bárðarbunga Volcano

Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier.

Bárðarbunga. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

An earthquake of magnitude 4.0 hit the northern end of Bárðarbunga between 4 and 5 am yesterday morning. The volcano, which lies under the massive Vatnajökull glacier, caused the 2014-2015 Holuhraun eruption in the northeastern highlands of Iceland.

Einar Hjörleifsson, natural hazards specialist at the Icelandic Met Office, says the earthquake is certainly large and among the strongest to have occurred in the volcano since the Holuhraun eruption came to an end, ruv.is reports.

Yesterday, a 3.0 magnitude earthquake was measured in Bárðarbunga around noon, and a total of six earthquakes stronger than 2.0 magnitude were picked up throughout the day.

Einar explains that this seismicity is a continuation of activity in Bárðarbunga following the Holuhraun eruption but that there are no signs of increased volcanic activity. Icelandic Met Office specialists monitor seismicity in the area around the clock.

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