Sout and southheast 8-15 m/s, but stronger in places in the north- and northwest. Rainshowers, but mostly dry in the northeast and east. Temperature 2 to 7 degrees C. Becoming southwest 8-15 m/s in the afternoon with showers of rain or snow and gradually cooling.
Forecast made 21.01.2017 00:54
|3.5||19 Jan 18:03:39||Checked||5.1 km NE of Bárðarbunga|
|2.8||19 Jan 08:24:34||Checked||7.3 km ENE of Bárðarbunga|
|2.6||19 Jan 13:33:19||Checked||2.9 km SW of Bárðarbunga|
Yesterday 19th of January at 18:03 an earthquake
of magnitude 3.5 occurred in Bárðarbunga. A few small aftershocks were detected.
Written by a specialist at 20 Jan 14:18 GMT
There was considerably less seismic activity during this week than the week before. About 250 earthquakes were detected compared to 500 the previous week, due to an earthquake swarm, counting 500 earthquakes, in Grafningur on 4 December. This week there was only a minor earthquake swarm on 11 January at 00:20, probably due to an injection drainage water in HellisheiÃ°i. The earthquake swarm lasted for 1,5 hour with 15 recorded earthquakes, the largest one M2.2. Rather little activity were in the Reykjanes Peninsula. The activity in North-Iceland was similar as in the previous week as well as in the Myrdalsjokull area. About 40 earthquakes were detected in Vatnajokull, slightly fewer than during the previous week. Most activity was in Bardarbunga and the largest earthquake in the whole country this week were located there on 12 January (23:58), M3.0. More
|Jökulsá á Fjöllum||Grímsstaðir||118.0 m³/s||2.1 °C|
|Ölfusá||Selfoss||424.8 m³/s||1.0 °C|
The avalanche forecast is written for large areas and doesn't necessarily represent avalanche danger in urban areas.
South and southeast severe gale or storm has been forecast in most of Iceland until Thursday morning. Northern Snæfellsnes has had the strongest winds. This evening, winds are increasing again. Storm or gale from the southeast and then the south, is forecast for the West and the North with wind gusts over 40 m/s. Winds will decrease in the West during the night but in the North not until morning. Rising stream- and river levels are likely in many regions. Travellers are cautioned against fording. After safe arrival, please report on observed flooding.
Following heavy rainfall overnight, stream and river levels remain high in the south.
Streams and rivers around Eyjafjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, and southern parts of Vatnajökull are very high. Further heavy rainfall is forecast for this region, so river levels will increase further until Thursday evening. In Selfoss, the river Ölfusá will continue to increase until late on Friday or early on Saturday.Read more
Flooding is occurring on Barðaströnd, Snæfellsness, and at the Mýrdalsjökull ice-cap. Note that river levels around Mýrdalsjökull will increase further overnight and on Thursday.
Flood conditions are expected in streams and rivers from Mýrdalsjökull to Hornafjörður. Travellers are urged to avoid all watercourses in the above-mentioned regions in the coming days.
The 47th Nordic Seismology Seminar takes place 11 - 13 October 2016. The seminar covers a wide range of topics related to seismological research, such as automatic detection of earthquakes, improving methodology in data analysis, hazard assessment and engineering seismology, as well as structural studies of the earth's crust and upper mantle. As this year's seminar takes place in Iceland, a special focus will also be on volcano seismology, magma tracking in the crust and eruption early warning.Read more
Increasingly, tourists come in winter to enjoy the beauty of the northern lights. Safety while travelling is always crucial, especially in winter conditions.
The web-site Safetravel is run by ICE-SAR in order to minimize the risk of accidents in travelling and tourism in Iceland.
Thorough information on safe travelling can be found there. The 112 Iceland app can be downloaded and your travel plan can be left in safe hands before you go. Additionally, a personal location beacon can be rented at two pick-up places.Read more