A magnitude 5.3 earthquake occurred in Bárðarbunga volcano shortly after midnight last night. The earthquake is the largest since current seismic activity began in the area one week ago.
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The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police in collaboration with the District Commissioners of Police in Húsavík and Seyðisfjörður has decided that the emergency phase will stay in effect. The decision will be evaluated at noon tomorrow, 24 August.
Geophysicist Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson stated in an interview on RÚV that the eruption scare from earlier today was probably a false alarm.
Work has begun on constructing a barrier to protect the foundations of the bridge over Jökulsá á Fjöllum to Öxarfjörður, Northeast Iceland, to prevent it from being washed away should a large flood occur.
Confused about the eruption site? Bárðarbunga is the sub-glacial volcano located in the northwestern corner of the glacier Vatnajökull.
After receiving news about the eruption in Dyngjujokull, many people traveling to and from Iceland may be wondering whether or not their flights will be canceled.
In the wake of the start of the eruption of Bárðarbunga at the Dyngjujökull glacier, scientists are continuing to consider the possible effects of the event. One of the biggest topics of discussion has been the possibility of the flooding of the glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum.
The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration has closed nearly all of the roads leading to Bárðarbunga.
An eruption has occurred at the site of the volcano Bárðarbunga. At the moment, it is still a sub-glacial eruption, meaning that there is no visible evidence of it, such as a plume or smoke.
The land below Vatnajökull glacier has drifted apart by 20 centimeters (8 inches) since the seismic activity and magma flow began in Bárðarbunga volcano.
No earthquake stronger than 3 magnitude have hit in or around Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier since shortly before 11 am.
Below is an excerpt from the latest status report of the events in Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier from the National Crisis Coordination Center.
Seismic activity in Bárðarbunga volcano continues with a 3.5 magnitude earthquake hitting inside the caldera shortly before 11 am this morning.
A 4.7 magnitude earthquake hit 4 km (2.5 miles) southeast of Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier, southeast Iceland, shortly after midnight last night.
A magnitude 4.0 earthquake hit in Bárðarbunga volcano at around 11:00 am this morning. The earthquake was at a depth of 3 km, which is much shallower than most of the other earthquakes in the area in recent days.
The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management in Iceland will meet with emergency response organizations and stakeholders, including farmers, in Húsavík, North Iceland, at midday today to discuss the possible upcoming eruption and glacial outburst flood in Bárðarbunga volcano.
If an eruption occurs, it will be under a glacier between 150 and 600 meters thick, resulting in significant meltwater and a flood in Jökulsá á Fjöllum a glacial river. The river might increase 10 to 40-fold.
A volcanic eruption in Bárðarbunga could have a great an impact on air travel as the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption did, according to Friðþór Eydal, a spokesperson for ISAVIA, the company which operates airports in Iceland.
The northern lights season in Iceland begun last night with strong displays in parts of the country.
Seismic activity in Bárðarbunga volcano in the northwestern part of Vatnajökull glacier is ongoing. Around 300 earthquakes were recorded between midnight and 8:00 am this morning. The largest earthquake occurred just before 4:00 am and measured 3.0 in magnitude.
Twenty-four-year-old Icelandic programmer Bæring Gunnar Steinþórsson at CCP has set up a webpage showing the seismic activity under the Bárðarbunga volcano in 3D.
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.