Powerful Earthquake Swarm in Bárðarbunga

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Iceland Magazine Article: Powerful earthquake swarm in Bárðarbunga: 3.6 magnitude quake early this morning


A sharp earthquake swarm was detected in Bárðarbunga caldera early this morning.

The largest quake of 3.6 magnitude, took place at 06:56, was later followed by more than a dozen smaller quakes.

The epicentre of the quakes was in the North Eastern part of the caldera.


Bárðarbunga caldera is located under Vatnajökull glacier, Iceland’s largest ice cap.

An eruption can trigger massive floods known as “jökulhlaup” – massive glacial outburst floods, which can carry ice blocks and rocks large enough to destroy bridges and roads,

Glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum may be significantly affected only hours after its inception, which would make Dettifoss even more massive….


Measurements by the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) have recorded constant activity in Bárðarbunga over the weekend, with nearly 90 quakes being detected in the past 48 hours.

The main Bárðarbunga caldera has been showing increasing levels of activity for the past year or so, following the 2014-2015 Bárðarbunga / Holuhraun eruption, at the northern edge of the Bárðarbunga system.



Also. a second powerful quake was recorded over the weekend: 3.2 magnitude quake on the Reykjanes ridge, just off the coast of Reykjanes peninsula.



Read More:

Continued Rumblings in Bárðarbunga

Katla, Hekla & Bárðarbunga Earthquake Activity

Iceland Major Volcanoes Exhibit Unusual High Activity Levels

Recent activity in Bárðarbunga volcano continues with 3.9 magnitude quake

Quick primer on Bárðarbunga, Iceland’s most powerful volcano

An eruption in Bárðarbunga will trigger massive floods

Bárðarbunga volcano: An animation showing the 1.400 earthquakes during the first 48 hours

Why the constant earthquakes? Iceland is slowly being torn apart 



Potential Consequences

ICE2017 Team continues to keep a close eye on developments of these recent activity, as it may influence planning / execution of our adventure.

Maybe we will have the opportunity to experience an earthquake and / or a live volcanic eruption (at a safe distance…).





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