An M4.4 earthquake occurred in the northern part of Bárðarbunga shortly after noon yesterday. Less than half an hour later, an earthquake measuring M4.9 was detected.
Bárðarbunga is an active volcano that last erupted in 2014, but according to Iceland‘s Meteorological Office, there are no signs indicating an imminent eruption. A notice from the Met Office stated that the last quake of this size was detected in January 2020 and before that in January 2018. Quakes of this size are not uncommon in Bárðarbunga; since 2015, about 50 such quakes have been detected in the area.