Earthquake activity in Bárðarbunga volcano

I’m sorry for lack of articles. It has been quiet in Iceland for the past few weeks and I needed some time off after the work I’ve been in. I’ve also been dealing with a tax problem in Denmark, that issue is on-going for me (sadly) and might delay my move back to Denmark, how much I do not know yet.

Earthquake activity continues in Bárðarbunga volcano continues, this are mostly minor earthquakes that are taking place. Most of the earthquake activity is taking place on the north-east part of Bárðarbunga volcano caldera. According to Iceland Met Office this is due to continued subsidence of the volcano at that location. It is my view that Iceland Met Office estimate is correct, with just one exception. It is my view that magma pressure inside Bárðarbunga volcano is increasing, based on latest data, the pressure increase might be happen at more depth than I first estimated.

Earthquake activity in Bárðarbunga volcano. Copyright of this image belongs to Iceland Met Office.

I’m also seeing cases of increased hydrothermal activity south of Bárðarbunga volcano, in Hamarinn volcano. This was best seen in the larger size of Skaftárkatlar cauldron. This change in size suggests higher output of hydrothermal activity and it might be connected to higher magma activity at depth in this volcano. It is difficult to be sure since the area is covered with a glacier, but it is a well known sign impending eruption in many cases. There are few cases when there is a increase in hydrothermal activity without an eruption taking place. It is impossible to know when anything might happen in Hamarinn volcano, if anything happens at all to start with. Last minor eruption that took place in Hamarinn volcano (in my view) was in July-2011, it lasted around 8 hours with breaks.


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Twich and Youtube

I’m currently testing my game stream on Twich here. My Youtube stream tests can be found here. This Youtube channel is a work in progress. I have a other YouTube channel (can be viewed here), it however mostly just contains nature video. Since I’m on slow 3G internet connect at the moment I won’t do a lot of streaming, just basic tests in order to learn how to properly due this. I won’t run many more tests with Youtube than I already have, it seems to work rather well as is.

Article update at 23:29 UTC. I changed the YouTube channel for streams. I’m going to use a other channel on YouTube with the same name as my Twitch channel. The name is Channel 99 on Twitch and YouTube.

3 Replies to “Earthquake activity in Bárðarbunga volcano”

  1. Jon I’m confused! Earlier we had inflation with new magma . Now we’re told it’s deflation and increased pressure. Surely new magma is inflating not deflating. Please tell me wrong

    1. If there is enough space inside Bárðarbunga volcano, magma can flow inside it without inflation. That in it self might not lead to an eruption right away, or never if the situation are such.

  2. Comment on my streaming tests.

    It turns out my computer can’t handle streaming and playing a game at the same time. So I need a dedicated streaming computer. Alongside my gaming computer. Having a dedicated streaming computer for games allows me to move the encoding load to a different computer, freeing up a lot of cpu power and memory to play the game. I don’t need super gaming computer at the moment, since I’m not playing the most recent games at the moment.

    I do own a extra computer, but its old and doesn’t have the cpu power to do this type of work. I don’t have the money for new streaming computer and I won’t buy one until I’m back in Denmark and the costs are clear. This might delay my regular streaming even further. The reason I need to have a streaming server is that it allows me to move the encoding of the video stream into dedicated computer. That allows for better stream and image processing. In order to this I need a capture card, a good computer with minimum of 6GB RAM and at least quad-core CPU at 3,4Ghz.

    I won’t look into this until I move back to Denmark, to see what I can buy in stores there. Current tests of game-play, recording and streaming are over. The results are that my current computer can’t handle the load of running both the game and the encoding of the video stream at the same time.

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