Earthquake swarm ~125 km north of Kolbeinsey Island


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Kolbeinsey earthquake swarm

This earthquake swarm started sometimes yesterday (09-May-2016) or last night (10-May-2016), the first earthquakes appeared on SIL network at 01:03 UTC. This area north of Kolbeinsey Island is located around 125 km north of it. It is thought that this area had an eruption in the last few years (I can’t find the exact year), but it was not confirmed far as I know. Mostly due the location far from the coastline. It is difficult to know for sure what is exactly going on at this location. Activity has been going up in past few months in this area.

The earthquake area north of Kolbeinsey Island. It is around 125 north of Kolbeinsey Island. Copyright of this image belongs to Iceland Met Office.

This area is rather unknown, but some study has been done into it. I’m sure on the details. There is a possibility that activity is going to continue in this area for next few days. If an eruption takes place, nobody is going to notice it due to distance from nearest population center (~200 km).

7 Replies to “Earthquake swarm ~125 km north of Kolbeinsey Island”

  1. Minor (from the looks of it athe the moment) swarm now taking place in BB system.

  2. I’m starting to think something is brewing… I haven’t seen Vatnajökull look this ‘busy’ in a long time…

  3. … Ari Trausti Guðmundsson a geophysisist and author who has studied the data on seismic activity in Bárðarbunga told Fréttablaðið that the activity seemed to indicate the volcano itself is expanding. “Many of the earthquakes could be caused by growing pressure in the magma chamber itself, deep underneath the volcanic system.” He argues that there are some indications the development now underneath the Bárðarbunga volcano mirror developments under the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in the lead up to the 2010 eruption.
    “But I stress that the data and my interpretation are not a prediction of further volcanic activity or an eruption. But it is sufficient to say that the possibility of an eruption has increased. Nobody can say with certainty what will happen, since the current development can either stop or continue.”…

      1. Yes, this looks like the blue touch paper! Over a wide area, will be tuning in more regularly now.

    1. VC are on about it as well,its quite amusing to see all the puzzlement,I must say,even to the extent of joking about cr******es lol

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