Two Biggest Earthquakes to Hit Bárðarbunga Yet Skip to content

Two Biggest Earthquakes to Hit Bárðarbunga Yet

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake occurred in Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier at a depth of 5 km shortly after midnight last night. The earthquake is the largest since current seismic activity began in the area one week ago. A magnitude 5 earthquake also occurred at around 5:30 am, ruv.is reports.

As reported last night, the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police in collaboration with the District Commissioners of Police in Húsavík and Seyðisfjörður decided that the emergency phase will stay in effect despite reports that an eruption may in fact not have started.

The Icelandic Met Office is continuing to monitor the situation closely but stresses that there are presently no signs of ongoing volcanic activity. The aviation color code for the Bárðarbunga volcano remains red as an imminent eruption can not be excluded.

The emergency phase will be reevaluated at noon today.

Sign up for our weekly newsletter

Get news from Iceland, photos, and in-depth stories delivered to your inbox every week!

* indicates required

Subscribe to Iceland Review

In-depth stories and high-quality photography showcasing life in Iceland!

Share article

Facebook
Twitter