Earthquake swarm in Katla volcano yesterday (13-July-2017)

Yesterday (13-July-2017) an earthquake swarm took place in Katla volcano. As earthquake swarms goes this one was minor one and largest magnitude was only 2,7 all other earthquakes where smaller in magnitude.

Earthquake activity in Katla volcano. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

One magnitude 2,5 earthquake happened today (14-July-2017) at 16:29 UTC. Since then everything has been quiet in Katla volcano. This current repeating earthquake pattern is starting to look like long term signs that Katla volcano is going to erupt soon. How long is not known, but it is my best guess that an eruption might happen either this fall or next year (2018). It is not possible to get any better idea how long it might be until an eruption happens in Katla volcano.

Update 1 (July-15 earthquake activity)

At 19:12 UTC on 15-July-2017 a magnitude 3,3 earthquake took place in Katla volcano. Earthquakes that followed where smaller in magnitude, with only one having magnitude 2,8 today (16-July-2017) at 10:51 UTC. I was unable to record it due to high noise level on my geophone.

The earthquake activity in Katla volcano during last 48 hours. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

Earthquake activity has quieted down again for now in Katla volcano.


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Article updated at 22:22 UTC on 16-July-2017. New information added.

19 Replies to “Earthquake swarm in Katla volcano yesterday (13-July-2017)”

    1. Only Slysaalda seems to show the same ‘tremor’ among the Myrdalsjökull stations. But only the blue band seems affected. Local wind?

  1. Have you seen Austmannsbunga tremor? Only one plotter with
    Wind noise hmmmmm

    1. I got a bit excited too :). Austmannsbunga is located at a much higher altitude than the other stations in that area, that is probably why.

  2. Got a reply from the met office, there is really bad whether up there 🙂

  3. Sad to say, the map site seems to be no more. Does anyone have a suggestion for an alternate site to view Iceland earthquakes on a map?

    1. Thank you. It looks like is back, I suspect they had to renew certificate.

    1. Looking at the table on for Myrdalsjokull area showed much of that activity at 0.1 km depth including the 3.1 quake. Interesting times.

  4. Saturday 22.07.2017 22:18:50 63.650 -19.056 0.1 km 3.2 99.0 8.0 km NNE of Hábunga

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