Holuhraun lava eruption rapidly subsiding

01.09.2014 - 12:07
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The volcanic activity in Holuhraun appears to be rapidly subsiding according to geologists. Previously they said the activity appeared stable. No explosions have been detected in the eruption and the lava flow had been quite steady. The eruption itself cannot be detected on seismic monitors.

A Magnitude 5 earthquake was detected on the northwestern ridge of Bardabunga around 9 am this morning. It is the strongest quake measured in the area in 18 years.

There is quite a lot of seismic activity in and around the north of Vatnajokull. About 500 earthquakes have been detected since midnight last night and the strongest activity is around Dyngjujokull glacier as has been the case in the past few days.

The strongest of these quakes measured 5.7 and occurred on the 26th of august. It was the most powerful earthquake in Iceland since 2008, when a 6.3 Magnitude earthquake caused widespread damage in southern Iceland.

 

This story, by the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RUV), was updated on 1 September 2014, at 12:55 GMT.

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