Farmers in Öxarfjörður, Northeast Iceland, have decided to round up their free-roaming sheep and horses because of the threat of an eruption in sub-glacial volcano Bárðarbunga.
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The Police Commissioners in Húsavík and Seyðisfjörður have decided to close and evacuate the area north of Vatnajökull following the seismic activity in Bárðarbunga.
Bárðarbunga volcano, located under Vatnajökull glacier, which has been showing heightened signs of activity in recent days, is named after settler Bárður Bjarnason, later called Gnúpa-Bárður, from the Sognefjord in West Norway.
Iceland has been virtually bat-free in the past but in recent times there have been 40 individuals of the flying mammal recorded in the country.
Now that Bárðarbunga volcano has made international headlines, following around 2,600 earthquakes in the area since 3:00 am on Saturday morning and a possible eruption on its way, people are wondering how on earth to pronounce this latest Icelandic volcanic feature to make waves.
Around 200 tourists are currently in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park in the area which would need to be evacuated in case of an eruption in Bárðarbunga volcano, which would trigger a glacial flood in Jökulsá á Fjöllum.
There have been 48 eruptions in Iceland in the last 100 years, an eruption almost every second year.
The seismic activity in the northwestern part of Vatnajökull glacier, Southeast Iceland, was mostly limited to a swarm between Bárðarbunga and Kverkfjöll last night and proved rather stable. Magma has been detected at a depth of 3-7 km.
The Icelandic Road Administration has closed some highland roads close to Herðubreið and Askja and has issued a map that shows which roads are closed in light of a possible eruption in Bárðarbunga volcano, Northeast Iceland.