• Note

    Along with the flood water the release of volcanic gases is expected. The gases (i.e. H2S and SO2) move downwind from Skaftá towards northwest.
  • Note

    The Skaftá outburst flood peaked downstream at midday on 2 Oct at ~2200 m3 / s. The flood will continue to drain through the Eldhraun lava-field for the coming days. More
  • Warning

    Heavy rain is expected in the southeast part today and tomorrow. Valid to 05.10.2015 18:00 More
Bárðarbunga, Vatnajökull ice-cap, in 1996.

Seismic activity at Bárðarbunga persists


11:35 The intense seismic activity that started on 16 of August at Bárðarbunga persists. Very strong indications of ongoing magma movement, in connection with dyke intrusion, is corroborated by GPS measurements. There are currently two swarms: one to the E of Bárðarbunga caldera and one at the edge of Dyngjujökull just E of Kistufell. At 2.37 am on the 18th a strong earthquake (M4) was located in the Kistufell swarm.

This is the strongest earthquake measured in the region since 1996. As evidence of magma movement shallower than 10 km implies increased potential of a volcanic eruption, the Bárðarbunga aviation color code has been changed to orange. 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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