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Scientists to Remeasure Öræfajökull Caldera

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Scientists to Remeasure Öræfajökull Caldera

Seals looking at Öræfajökull.

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Scientists are planning a flight over Öræfajökull volcano in southeast Iceland in order to take another measurement of the caldera that formed during an earthquake in the fall, RÚV reports. The flight is scheduled to take place sometime in the next few days. The last measurement of the Öræfajökull caldera was taken in mid-December.

According to the Icelandic Met Office, seismic activity around the volcano has lessened considerably. “The available data indicates that the current situation is pretty stable,” says Kristín Jónsdóttir, the Met’s earthquake hazards coordinator. Nevertheless, she says, “[i]t’s necessary to continue monitoring on a regular basis.”

Scientists have been paying close attention to Öræfajökull since there was an earthquake there in the fall. Seismographs have been installed in the area and watermarks added along the glacial rivers that stem there, such as Kvíá and Virkisá. The aviation code for flights over the volcano remain at yellow, the same as it’s been since November.

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