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    Intense earthquake swarm continues at Barðarbunga. Presently there are no signs of magma moving to the surface.

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Northwesterly or variable wind, 3 to 8 m/s. Widely fair, but becoming overcast in the northeast by late noon, especially by the coast. Temperature 8 to 17 degrees C during the day, warmest in the southwest.
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A reconnaissance flight with TF-SIF - 21.8.2014

A flight was made to Bárðarbunga and along the glacial river, with the aircraft TF-SIF from the Icelandic Coast Guard. The onboard SAR-radar was used to image the glacier and the river.

If the present seismic activity in Bárðarbunga leads to an eruption and consequently a glacial outburst flood (jökulhlaup), these images will become an important dataset for estimating the changes which may occur on the glacier and on the flooded area.

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Seismic activity still great - 21.8.2014

07:04 Seismic activity in Bárðarbunga and vicinity is still great. As yesterday, the main activity stems from the intrusive event under Dyngjujökull. A few earthquakes, shallower than those described above, have occurred in Bárðarbunga, where the activity started. This is the same pattern as during previous days.

Additional web-material in English is now available through links in the header.

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Updated summary from Bárðarbunga - 20.8.2014

12:56 Around 1.000 small earthquakes were detected in the Bárðarbunga region from midnight (18/19) until Tuesday evening 19th August at 20:00. All of them were smaller than magnitude 3 and most were located in the cluster east of Bárðarbunga. Events are still located at around 5-12 km depths, no signs of upwards migration has been seen so far.

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Summary of activity in Bárðarbunga - 19.8.2014

09:43 Since the onset of the earthquake swarm at Bárðarbunga on Saturday morning, around 2.600 earthquakes have been detected with the earthquake monitoring network of the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO). Throughout the whole sequence the majority of events has been at 5-10km depth. No signs of migration towards the surface or any other signs of imminent or ongoing volcanic activity have been detected. IMO is monitoring the area closely and will update in case of any changes.

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Seismic activity at Bárðarbunga persists - 18.8.2014

11:35 The intense seismic activity that started 16 August at Bárðarbunga persists. Very strong indications of ongoing magma movement, in connection with dyke intrusion, is corroborated by GPS measurements. Presently there are no signs of eruption, but it cannot be excluded that the current activity will result in an explosive subglacial eruption, leading to an outburst flood (jökulhlaup) and ash emission. The situation is monitored closely.

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Activity in Bárðarbunga volcano - 16.8.2014

20:51 Seismic activity in Bárðarbunga volcano has increased. A seismic swarm has been ongoing since 03AM this morning, and near continuous earthquakes have been occurring since then. The depths of earthquakes in the present swarm are in the upper crust and their magnitudes are mainly around 1.5; a few earthquakes are of magnitude greater than ML3.

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Bárðarbunga seismic events

Bárðarbunga - updated information

In this article, updated information on the Bárðarbunga seismic activity is given with collective daily status reports from the scientist of IMO and the University of Iceland. New material is added to the top of the article. The original information is at the end of the article. All in all, this article gives an overview of events.

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