Thursday, August 28, 2014

Quakes Keep Shaking Iceland's Bardarbunga Volcano

Quakes Keep Shaking Iceland's Bardarbunga Volcano

This color-coded map shows the earthquakes that have occurred around Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano …

Earthquakes are still rocking Iceland as lava pushes through a long underground fissure near the ice-covered Bardarbunga volcano.

By 6:42 p.m. local time (2:42 p.m. EDT) today (Aug. 27), the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) had detected about 1,300 tremors in the region, most of the them originating from the subsurface channel being carved out by magma, or molten rock. The long channel is called a dike.

Late in the day, the discovery of a long depression above the southeast edge of Bardarbunga's caldera sparked new speculation about an eruption.

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