A series of small earthquakes around Upptyppingar north of Vatnajökull since this February has prompted speculations from geologists that a volcanic eruption could be imminent in the area.

According to national radio RÚV, a particularly intense sequences of quakes occurred during the nights of July 31 and August 1. Around 130 small quakes were reported during that period.

Geologists believe the quakes are related to movements of magma underneath the surface and if they continue with increasing power a volcanic eruption might take place.