The northern lights season in Iceland begun last night with strong displays in parts of the country.
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Seismic activity in Bárðarbunga volcano in the northwestern part of Vatnajökull glacier is ongoing. Around 300 earthquakes were recorded between midnight and 8:00 am this morning. The largest earthquake occurred just before 4:00 am and measured 3.0 in magnitude.
Twenty-four-year-old Icelandic programmer Bæring Gunnar Steinþórsson at CCP has set up a webpage showing the seismic activity under the Bárðarbunga volcano in 3D.
Farmers in Öxarfjörður, Northeast Iceland, have decided to round up their free-roaming sheep and horses because of the threat of an eruption in sub-glacial volcano Bárðarbunga.
The Police Commissioners in Húsavík and Seyðisfjörður have decided to close and evacuate the area north of Vatnajökull following the seismic activity in Bárðarbunga.
Bárðarbunga volcano, located under Vatnajökull glacier, which has been showing heightened signs of activity in recent days, is named after settler Bárður Bjarnason, later called Gnúpa-Bárður, from the Sognefjord in West Norway.
Iceland has been virtually bat-free in the past but in recent times there have been 40 individuals of the flying mammal recorded in the country.
Now that Bárðarbunga volcano has made international headlines, following around 2,600 earthquakes in the area since 3:00 am on Saturday morning and a possible eruption on its way, people are wondering how on earth to pronounce this latest Icelandic volcanic feature to make waves.
Around 200 tourists are currently in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park in the area which would need to be evacuated in case of an eruption in Bárðarbunga volcano, which would trigger a glacial flood in Jökulsá á Fjöllum.
There have been 48 eruptions in Iceland in the last 100 years, an eruption almost every second year.
The seismic activity in the northwestern part of Vatnajökull glacier, Southeast Iceland, was mostly limited to a swarm between Bárðarbunga and Kverkfjöll last night and proved rather stable. Magma has been detected at a depth of 3-7 km.
The Icelandic Road Administration has closed some highland roads close to Herðubreið and Askja and has issued a map that shows which roads are closed in light of a possible eruption in Bárðarbunga volcano, Northeast Iceland.
If you are interested in seeing an eruption start you might be in luck. A webcam has been placed at Grímsvötn, approximately 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the crater where the eruption might start.
A large glacial flood will likely go down the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum towards Öxarfjörður, Northeast Iceland, if the Bárðarbunga volcano erupts.
The Icelandic Coast Guard surveillance plane has been called home from abroad in light of a possible eruption in Bárðarbunga volcano in the northwestern corner of Vatnajökull glacier, Southeast Iceland.
A Code Orange has been issued in light of increased likelihood of an eruption in Bárðarbunga volcano located in the northwestern corner of Vatnajökull glacier, Southeast Iceland, after continued earthquakes in the area this morning.
A level of uncertainty has been declared in Bárðarbunga volcano, located in the northwestern Vatnajökull glacier, Southeast Iceland, due to an increase in seismic activity in the volcano.
Twenty narrated videos shot in the ocean around Iceland by diver Erlendur Bogason in the past years will be published online shortly where people can watch them for free. None of the material has been screened publicly before.
The level of uncertainty which was declared at Sólheimajökull glacier in South Iceland on August 3 was lifted yesterday.
A task force appointed by the Icelandic Ministry of Agriculture has submitted proposals on how the Icelandic goat stock can be supported, including immediate increased funding.
Never before have more sea eagle couples been counted on nests in Iceland than this summer, more than 70, and 39 hatchlings survived.
The municipality of Rangárþing is preparing a new plan for the popular highland area Landmannalaugar that includes a ban on allowing visitors to stay overnight at the site.
The temperature in Iceland’s capital today is set to soar to a balmy 20ºC (68ºF) and 22ºC (71.6ºF) in other parts of the southwestern corner of the country, the warmest in Reykjavík so far this year.
The dead sperm whale that drifted ashore in the West Fjords, earlier this week will likely be dragged back into the ocean and sunk. Locals have pulled all of the carcass’ 38 teeth.