Just before seven o’clock this morning, a powerful earthquake was recorded at Bárðarbunga stratovolcano in Vatnajökull National Park.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office has reported that there are no signs of post-tremor activity, nor of an upcoming eruption. The earthquake measured 3.6 on the Richter scale.

Vatnajökull National Park is named after its most prominent glacier, known to conceal a litany of mountains, valleys and volcanoes beneath its 400–900 metres thick ice sheet. Bárðarbunga is the largest volcano found beneath the glacial ice, whilst Grímsvötn is its most active. Most recently, Bárðarbunga has become famed as a photography hot spot, with photographers travelling from across the world to snapshot its spewing lava.


See Also: Volcanoes in Iceland


Earthquakes are a fairly common occurrence in Iceland given the fluctuating nature of its geological makeup. This makeup is comprised of moving tectonic plates, shifting ice sheets and geothermal energy.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office is currently monitoring the situation, though for now, the situation appears to have calmed down.