Major earthquake at Bárðarbunga

The largest quake to have hit the famous volcano since it stopped erupting in February last year.

The quake, measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale, occurred around midnight on April 7th.

Met office earthquakes specialist Martin Hensch told RÚV that there is no evidence of lava movements or of any eruption activity connected to the earthquakes, but that the situation will be monitored carefully. 

Last year’s eruption at Bárðarbunga, often known as Holuhraun, “produced more new lava than almost any other eruption in Iceland since the Vikings first arrived.”

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8 thoughts on “Major earthquake at Bárðarbunga

  1. New video from David atAdapt 2030 Robert, thought it should be brought to your attention. NASA manipulating data on TSI and some rather startling conclusions from John Casey about the approaching minimum.

  2. On the same news site is this article:
    More Sulfur from Holuhraun Than All of Europe
    Emissions of sulfur dioxide from the volcanic eruption at Holuhraun amounted to nearly 12 million tons. That is more than the total emission of the dangerous gas over the whole of Europe in 2011, according to University of Iceland scientist, Sigurður Reynir Gíslason.
    “The Holuhraun eruption spewed poisonous sulfur dioxide (SO2) over a large area of Europe and the eruption was the biggest in Iceland since the ‘Skaftá Fires’ from 1783 to 1784. The Holuhraun eruption lasted for six months from 31st August 2014 to 27th February 2015,” a press statement on the release of the results in the journal Geochemical Perspectives Letters states.
    SO2 can have negative health effects in high concentrations; especially respiratory problems and irritation to eyes, nose and throat. High concentrations in the atmosphere can cause coughs, respiratory illness and chest pains. Sigurður Reynir says that during the eruption SO2 levels in Iceland went well above safe limits at times, and that the impacts were also felt elsewhere in Europe, Vísir reports.
    Though Holuhraun was the biggest eruption in 200 years, the Skaftá Fires were much larger. Most Icelanders noticed the effects of SO2 on their health in 2014/2015.
    “Luckily the pollution was highest in areas which are uninhabited. We were also lucky with the timing of the eruption, not least because of the weather. The same is true for mainland Europe. The average wind speed is much more in the winter than the summer and therefore the sulfur dioxide cloud dissipated and the strength of the sulfur dioxide decreased in the atmosphere with dispersion.
    “In this strong wind the gas moved quickly away from the land before the sulfur dioxide changed into sulfuric acid,” Sigurður says—adding that the winter darkness helped, as sunshine is a major catalyst in the conversion of SO2 to sulfuric acid.
    Quote from the same site:
    In light of the volcano’s history and considering the fact that a large part of the Bárðarbunga volcanic system lies under Vatnajökull glacier, a sub-glacial eruption is likely, according to Kristín Jónsdóttir, director of the Icelandic Met Office’s natural hazards division.
    One volcano in a short period of time produced more SO2 than the whole of Europe. CO2 is also produced by volcanic eruptions in similar quantities. How many Volcanos will it take to change the CO2 lightbulb? During the 600 BC Solar Minimum three separate major volcanic eruptions devastated the earth’s climate for decades. Bárðarbunga may be the first of many major eruptions in this Cycle.

  3. add the prior reports of rising magma levels again a little while back..
    might be grumbling to life again.
    wait n see , really isnt it?

  4. Snow forecast for across northern Scotland. April 14, 2016
    SNOW is to sweep across northern Scotland this weekend in stark contrast to the summer temperatures the country was basking in this time last year.
    It was ice cream and cold drinks that were causing shivers down spines during the 2014 Easter break as the mercury regularly shot up to around 20 degrees.
    The village of Aboyne in Aberdeenshire twice netted the title for hottest place in Scotland during the two weeks that the schools were off and on one day the Royal Deeside village was even hotter than Barcelona.
    But it looks set to be a different story this year as a cold front brings a Met Office yellow warning of snow and sleet across the north of the country tomorrow.
    Forecasters have said that one to four centimetres of snow is expected to fall above 300 metres across Shetland, Inverness, Aberdeenshire and much of the Highlands throughout the morning.
    Wintry outbreaks will also cause slush to form at lower lying areas, with overnight temperatures dropping close to freezing.
    Drivers have been warned to watch for icy patches on untreated surfaces during the early morning with the possibility of difficult driving conditions developing through the day.
    A Met Office spokeswoman said: “We’ve got a band of rain that is falling as snow on high ground as this cold front comes in.

  5. Taiwan to include snow-related questions in driver’s license test
    2016/04/14 . Taipei, April 14 (CNA) Starting June 1, people taking the driver’s license test in Taiwan will be required to know about driving safety in snowy conditions, the Directorate General of Highways said Thursday.
    A total of six questions related to driving on snowy or icy roads have been added to the existing database of questions, from which random picks are made for the driver’s license written test, highway authorities said.
    The decision to include those questions was made after a rare snowfall at lower elevations in Taiwan in January caused problems on icy roads, resulting in at least two deaths, the authorities said
    The highway authorities said that with effect from June, the driver’s license written test will include questions on the use of snow tires and tire chains, the risks of skidding even with snow tires and chains, and the safe distance between vehicles on the road in snowy or icy conditions.
    In January, Taiwan was hit by a record cold snap that brought snow not just to the high mountains but also to lower elevations where snow is rarely seen.
    For the first time in seven years, snow fell on Yangminshan in Taipei, attracting many visitors to the mountain.
    However, the icy road conditions caused many problems, including an accident in which a police officer and his wife skidded off a mountain road in their car and plunged to their death into a ravine below on Jan. 24, according to local police.

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