Tuesday 30 August 2016

More earthquakes today at Icelandic volcanoes as Bárðarbunga now starts to rumble

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An earthquake of the magnitude 3.8 was measured 5.7 kilometres North East of Bárðarbunga at 1.30 pm today.
Martin Hensch at the Iceland Meterological Office says that around fifteen smaller quakes followed. No signs of volcanic activity or magma movements were detected.
Scientists are still looking at data from the Katla volcano which had two mag 4.+ quakes yesterday and has seismologists worried.
“It is not a question of whether Katla will erupt, but when,” warns Kristín Jónsdóttir, Earthquake Hazards Coordinator at the Icelandic Met Office.
“We mustn’t forget that Katla is a very active volcano.
Looking back, there have been sixteen known eruptions since Iceland was settled,” she said, speaking on Icelandic radio today.
Below Katla volcano

The Laki eruptions of 1783 in Iceland killed around 23,000 people in the UK.
A new eruption could cancel out summer in the northern hemisphere killing people, livestock and crops
Katla, which is named after an evil troll, is one of the largest of its kind on the volcano-dotted island and last erupted in 1918.
People have been expecting an eruption for 50 years

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