Last Updated: Thursday, August 21, 2014

Iceland's largest Bardarbunga Volcano at high-risk of eruption


The Civil Protection and Emergency Management of Iceland has elevated the Bardarbunga aviation color code to orange which means Bardarbunga volcano is exhibiting signs of elevated unrest above known background level.

The Gæsavatnaleið road and other highland roads east of Skjálfandafljót to Askja, as well as part of the road to Herðubreiðarlindir have been closed, Iceland Review mentioned.

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According to the Icelandic Meteorological Office, the intense seismic activity that started on 16 of August at Bárðarbunga continues even now.

There are currently two swarms: one to the E of Bárðarbunga caldera and one at the edge of Dyngjujökull just E of Kistufell. At 2.37 am on the 18th a strong earthquake (M4) was located in the Kistufell swarm.

This is the strongest earthquake measured in the region since 1996.

According to the Ice News, the Civil Protection and Emergency Management of Iceland has issued a status of emergency in the area.

Bardarbunga is Iceland's largest volcanic system, located under the ice cap of the Vatnajokull glacier.

Original post: Natural Disasters List August 18, 2014