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Vestmannaeyjar (Heimaey + Surtsey) volcano

Submarine volcanoes, volcanic islands 279 m (915 ft)
Iceland, 63.43°N / -20.25°W
Current status: dormant (1 out of 5)
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Typical eruption style:

Effusive and mildy explosive.

Vestmannaeyjar (Heimaey + Surtsey) volcano eruptions:

1637-38, 1896, 1963-67 (Surtsey island appears), 1973 (Jan-June, Heimaey)

Last earthquakes nearby:
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Fri, 14 Mar
Fri, 14 Mar 06:42 UTCM 0.6 / 8 km27 km18.4 km SSW of Þjórsárbrú
Sun, 2 Mar
Sun, 2 Mar 10:46 UTCM 0.0 / 2.3 km10 km9.4 km ENE of Seljalandsfoss
Sat, 1 Mar
Sat, 1 Mar 08:18 UTCM 1.9 / 16.4 km20 km5.2 km N of Surtsey
Tue, 25 Feb
Tue, 25 Feb 19:45 UTCM 0.7 / 0.1 km5 km10.8 km NW of Skógar
Mon, 24 Feb
Mon, 24 Feb 16:23 UTCM 2.7 / 2.8 km9 km0.9 km NNW of Básar
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The mostly submarine Vestmannaeyjar volcanic system is the southernmost and youngest volcanic center of the eastern volcanic rift zone that cuts across east-central Iceland.


It consists of a roughly 30 x 40 km group of basaltic volcanic islands and submarine cones occupying a shallow shelf off the south coast of Iceland. Vestmannaeyjar was the site of two of Iceland's most noted 20th-century eruptions:
The new island of Surtsey grew from the ocean floor during 1963-67. The island of Heimaey, 20 km to the NE, was the site of dramatic eruptions in 1973 during which lava flows partially overran the town of Vestmannaeyjar and threatened its harbor. Several other volcanoes have erupted during historical time. Twenty-two postglacial eruption sites are known in the Vestmannaeyjar system, and all ten subaerial vents on Heimaey are of Holocene age (less than 10,000 years old).
Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institute


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