Two magnitude 3.2 earthquakes have occurred in the Katla caldera in Mýrdalsjökull glacier around 4:00 AM this morning following ten smaller earthquakes. Katla is reportedly one of Iceland’s largest volcanoes, and with twenty eruptions being documented since the year 930, Katla remains on of the country’s most active volcanoes.
Excerpt From Iceland Monitor:
Scientists at the University of Iceland Institute of Earth Sciences (IES) and the Icelandic Met Office have been monitoring activity at Katla lately, but small glacial river floods have been observed in recent weeks in the Múlakvísl river that flows from underneath the glacial cap. The floods are caused by Katla’s geothermal hot spots under the Mýrdalsjökull glacier in South Iceland. “This seems to be an annual occurrence, but we still have a reason to closely monitor the situation,” says Dr. Páll Einarsson, geophysicist at the IES.