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The green star marks the location of the 4.8 earthquake.
Photo: The green star marks the location of the 4.8 earthquake..

Powerful Earthquake at Bárðarbunga

A powerful earthquake measuring 4.8 occurred on the northern rim of the Bárðarbunga volcano in the early hours of Friday morning, RÚV reports. The initial earthquake was followed by three aftershock quakes measuring 3.5, 3.7 and 2.8.

Earthquakes have shaken Bárðarbunga since the end of its most recent eruption, which began in August 2014 and ended in February 2015. Einar Hjörleifsson, the Icelandic Met Office’s natural disaster expert says these eruptions have been getting larger as they’ve gone along, but this is only natural as the volcano recovers from its immense eruption.

At the time of writing, there were no signs of volcanic unrest at Bárðarbunga, says Einar, but any developments will be closely monitored going forward.

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