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Hekla volcano
stratovolcano 1491 m (4,892 ft)
Iceland, 63.99°N / -19.67°W

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Hekla volcano eruptions:
1104 (large, Plinian eruption), 1158, 1206, 1222, 1300, 1341, 1389, 1440(?), 1510, 1554, 1597, 1636-37, 1693, 1725, 1766-68, 1845-46, 1878, 1913, 1947-48, 1970, 1980, 1981, 1991, 2000
Typical eruption style:
Explosive and effusive.
Last earthquakes nearby

Hekla volcano (Iceland): news & activity updates

Monday, Apr 14, 2014
Earthquakes in southern Iceland during the past 48 hours
Earthquakes in southern Iceland during the past 48 hours
A shallow (around 8 km depth) earthquake swarm including two quakes at 2.7 and 2.9 magnitude has started in an area 12 km to the south of Hekla volcano. ...more [read all]
Thursday, Mar 27, 2014
Strain and earthquakes under Hekla volcano (Iceland Met Office)
Strain and earthquakes under Hekla volcano (Iceland Met Office)
The volcano remains restless, but without any indication of an impending eruption (however, it is notorious for not giving much warning either). ...more [read all]
Thursday, Mar 20, 2014
Hekla volcano, calm this afternoon
Hekla volcano, calm this afternoon
The volcano has drawn media attention and is being closely monitored as it is believed it is "ready" for a new eruption (although there are no current indications that one is imminent). ...more [read all]
Monday, Jul 01, 2013
GPS-measured deformation of HEKR station (Univ. Iceland), north of the volcano
GPS-measured deformation of HEKR station (Univ. Iceland), north of the volcano
The trend of rapid inflation that started in April has not continued, but was partly reverted and significant deformation has stopped for now. Nothing suggests for now that an eruption is imminent, but Hekla is known for providing close to no (seismic) warning before eruptions.
Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013
GPS-measured deformation of HEKR station (Univ. Iceland), north of the volcano
GPS-measured deformation of HEKR station (Univ. Iceland), north of the volcano
Map of GPS stations on Hekla
Map of GPS stations on Hekla
The famous Icelandic volcano is showing further signs that indicate an eruption could occur in a near future. Significant rapid inflation, concentrated in the northern part of the volcano, has been detected since early April and likely represents accumulation of rising magma underneath. ...more [read all]
Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013
The Icelandic Meteorological Office has informed authorities about unusual seismicity at Hekla volcano, which could be a precursor to a new eruption, and increased the volcanic alert level to yellow. Monitoring of the volcano will be intensified, as Hekla is not only one of the most active, but also one of the potentially most hazardous volcanoes of the country. The last eruption was in March 2000. On average, the volcano has been erupting about every 10 years, and it would statistically seen be due for a new one. ...more
Friday, Sep 14, 2012
Earthquakes near Hekla since beginning of August
Earthquakes near Hekla since beginning of August
Small earthquakes continue to occur around and beneath the volcano. At the moment, it does not seem a significant increase and we have no other data suggesting that the volcano should erupt soon (although it very well could).
Thursday, Feb 16, 2012
Wednesday, Jul 06, 2011
Old photo of Hekla volcano (c) Tom Pfeiffer
Old photo of Hekla volcano (c) Tom Pfeiffer
New seismic activity and a strong uplift may show that there will be a strong eruption in the next weeks or months.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
A new published study presents measurements of inflation cycles at Hekla volcano, suggesting that Hekla is ready for another eruption. ...more

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