Rapid Changes in 1 - 4 Hz Continuous Tremor, GrÝmsfjall

SŠl ÷ll,

In the last two days, we have observed distinct periods of reduced seismic tremor in the 1 - 4 Hz frequency range at GrÝmsfjall. (See enclosed GIF images.) For instance, at ~0220 hours, ~0415 hours, and ~0740 hours on 06 November, tremor intensity decreased abruptly and then rose steadily to pre-existing levels. The rapidity of the tremor changes are suggestive of changes in hydraulic resonance rather than meteorological conditions.

Recent photographs on Magn˙s' Web-site show water draining from GrÝmsv÷tn into Skei­arßrj÷kull; see:


Perhaps the sudden variations in 1 - 4 Hz tremor are due to the development of water-flow constrictions within the (rapidly healing) ice dam?

Additionally, see http://hraun.vedur.is/ja/oroi/grf.gif for an overview of recent tremor data from GrÝmsv÷tn. Note that the higher frequency measurements remain elevated above pre-j÷kulhlaup conditions. More to follow in a separate message from KristÝn on spectrograms derived from recent GrÝmsfjall data.


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