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Tremors in Bárðarbunga

28.07.2021 - 12:32
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 Mynd: Tómas Guðbjartsson
Last night, two strong earthquakes were measured in Bárðarbunga, north-west of Vatnajökull glacier. Both happened within 3-hour window, but it remained calm in the area since.

The first earthquake, at 19:02, measured 3.3 in magnitude, and the second at 22:12 was slightly stronger, or 3.7.

When the first measurements were taken, the result showed 5.2 in magnitude, but according to the specialists at the Icelandic Meteorological Office, the equipment was faulty.

“Those were rather large quakes, but this on its own, doesn’t have to mean anything,” said Böðva Sveinsson, a nature conservation specialist at the Meteorological Office, in the interview with the agency.

“Last year we measured seven earthquakes, in magnitude 3 or more, of which the strongest was 4.8” added Böðva. “This year we recorded five such quakes. It doesn’t necessarily mean an oncoming eruption, but we of course are closely monitoring the area.”

Bárðarbunga is recognised as the second largest volcano on the island, and one of the most active. The last big eruption happened in 2014 when the lava flowed from the chamber about 40km down to Holuhraun, where it reached the surface and the eruption occurred.

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