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Seismic Activity below the Vatnajökull Glacier, Iceland

Posted in Iceland with tags , , on February 16, 2011 by italyicelandvolcanoes

Photo by Oddur Sigurdsson, 1977 (Icelandic National Energy Authority)

Bardarbunga: New sources have been equating the recent seismic activity below the Vatnajökull Glacier, Iceland with the possibility of an eruption. The volcano in question– Bardarbunga– is larger than Eyjafjallajokull, which shut down air travel across Europe in 2010. It appears that an eruption will likely occur in the near future, due to both rising lava and the fact that Bardarbunga is due for eruption. Such an eruption would have similar effects to that of Eyjafjallajokull, resulting in millions lost by European airlines. For those in the area affected by Eyjafjallajokull, it would be imperative to closely follow the activity in and around the Vatnajökull Glacier.

Up to date information on seismic activity in the Vatnajökull Glacier can be found here.

By Khia Johnson, updated on Feb. 14, 2011