Earthquake in Bárðarbunga

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An earthquake of magnitude 3.8 hit the northeastern part of Bárðarbunga caldera, located under the ice cap of Vatnajökull glacier, at 10:22 pm last night, mbl.is reports. It was preceded by another one of magnitude 3.0.

Numerous aftershocks followed, the largest one at 10:33, measuring 2.3. According to the Icelandic Met Office , there are no signs of volcanic unrest.

So far this year, 18 earthquakes in excess of magnitude 3 have hit Bárðarbunga volcano – six of them larger than magnitude 4. Comparative figures for all of last year were 32 earthquakes in excess of magnitude 3, seven of which were larger than magnitude 4.

Since the Holuhraun eruption ended - at the end of February, 2015 - about 200 tremblors in excess of magnitude 3 have hit Bárðarbunga caldera.

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