Major M4.2 earthquake and tremor swarm strike Bardarbunga volcanic craters, Iceland on April 8, 2016

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This is the most powerful quake to have hit the famous Bárðarbunga volcano since it stopped erupting in February 2015.

The major M4.2 earthquake, followed by a series of 12 small tremors, hit the northern edge of the Bárðarbunga volcanic craters at around midnight on April 8, 2016.

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Photo from the 2014-15 Holuhraun eruption by Páll Stefánsson. via Iceland Reviews

The epicenter of the major quake was situated at 3.5 kilometers underground.

12 aftershocks have already been measured, the most powerful of which was a 3.5 quake at 01.00 am.

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01:12:09 64.643 -17.470 8.4 km 1.0 99.0 2.7 km E of Bárðarbunga
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01:06:40 64.649 -17.458 5.0 km 0.9 99.0 3.4 km ENE of Bárðarbunga
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01:03:30 64.655 -17.395 2.4 km 0.0 99.0 6.5 km ENE of Bárðarbunga
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01:01:04 64.671 -17.456 4.3 km 3.5 99.0 4.8 km NE of Bárðarbunga
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00:24:08 64.635 -17.519 7.1 km 1.3 99.0 0.7 km SE of Bárðarbunga
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00:23:57 64.802 -16.919 10.4 km 0.6 99.0 13.9 km E of Kistufell
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00:22:21 64.614 -17.461 10.4 km 0.4 99.0 4.3 km SE of Bárðarbunga
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00:21:41 64.631 -17.475 8.0 km 1.0 99.0 2.7 km ESE of Bárðarbunga
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00:21:10 64.671 -17.447 10.1 km 1.9 99.0 5.2 km NE of Bárðarbunga
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00:13:09 64.668 -17.403 8.2 km 2.6 99.0 6.7 km ENE of Bárðarbunga
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00:12:53 64.628 -17.534 6.2 km 1.1 99.0 1.4 km SSW of Bárðarbunga
Friday
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00:11:51 64.671 -17.456 2.8 km 2.2 99.0 4.8 km NE of Bárðarbunga
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00:10:50 64.677 -17.446 3.2 km 4.2 99.0 5.6 km NE of Bárðarbunga

From Icelandic Meteo Office VEDUR

There is no evidense of lava movements or of any eruption activity connected to the earthquakes… But monitoring will increase in the area as two other quakes, measuring M3.4 and M3, rattled the same area on April 3, 2016.

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Vedur.is

The recent eruption at Bárðarbunga, often known as Holuhraun, lasted from late August 2014 to late February 2015. It released high and dangerous levels of pollution around Iceland “and produced more new lava than almost any other eruption in Iceland since the Vikings first arrived.

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Weirdly, the USGS website doesn’t show any earthquakes on its map.

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