Just been reading about this, I haven't seen any posts about it so thought I would put it here.
Is this activity level uncommon?
The National Commissioner of Police and the District Commissioner of Police at Hvolsvöllur and Húsavík have declared a Civil Protection Uncertainty phase due to unrest in Bárðabunga.
Taken from: https://www.facebook.com/Almannavarnir
To have a interactive accesss to what is happening, keep the vedur.is/skjalftar-og-eldgos/… bookmarked
It is uncertain at the time this is written, whether the activity will result in an eruption or not. Please note that the results and measurements in the proximity have not been reviewed and analised by geologists (being preliminary results). Updates will be posted once they're announced. Same announcements are posted at the Icelandic Civil Protection Agency on Facebook, linked above.
- Travellers in low lands are nowhere in harms way as is. Travellers in Askja are glose by but rangers at the Vatnajökull national park are to be advised for travel plans and itineraries.Edited: 17 August 2014, 15:27
More updates: https://www.facebook.com/Almannavarnir
Regarding earthquake swarm in northern part of Vatnajökull glacier.
Situation today, 17th of august at 19:00 [GMT]
There was a meeting this morning with the Department of Civil Protection and emergency management, Icelandic met office and the Institute of Earth Sciences to go over the situation. The earthquake swarm is still ongoing and the intensity is concentrated to the north and east of the Bárðarbunga caldera, beneath Vatnajökull glacier. GPS measurements confirm that magma is intruding within the Bárðarbunga volcanic system. At the moment there are no indications that eruption has started.
Scientist have increased monitoring of the area and the local authorities have reviewed their response plans.
At the moment a helicopter from the Icelandic Coast Guard is in the area carrying scientist and people from the department of Civil Protection. Their objective is to install more seismic monitors and webcams in the area for increased monitoring.
The Police Commissioner of Húsavík has decided to close Gæsavatnaleið road and other highland roads east of Skjálfandafljót up to Askja. The road to Herðubreiðarlindir (F88) has also been closed due to potential flooding in the area following an eruption.
Thanks for the links, I have 10 days booked on the south coast at the end of October. So will be keeping a close eye on things.
There is still no indication of magma reaching the surface (eruption). These next few days might determent the outcome. Possible floodwater, if any, would most likely go to the north.
Thanks for the updates Unnar. This is fascinating.
Thanks for the updates Unnar and Zeb. This is fascinating.Edited: 17 August 2014, 23:28