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Askja volcano
Stratovolcano 1516 m (4,974 ft)
Central Iceland, 65.03°N / -16.75°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
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Askja volcano eruptions:
1797(?), 1875, 1919, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924(?), 1926, 1938, 1961
Typical eruption style:
explosive + effusive
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Askja volcano (Iceland): earthquake swarm near caldera at shallow depth

Monday Nov 11, 2019 07:35 AM | BY: T
The ongoing earthquake swarm at the Askja caldera in Iceland
The ongoing earthquake swarm at the Askja caldera in Iceland
An swarm of earthquakes is occurring near the Askja caldera, in an area approx. 10 km ENE from the rim and at depths around 5 km.
More than 550 small quakes have been recorded during the past 5 days, but so far, most quakes have been tiny. The largest events were two shocks with magnitudes 3.2 and 3.4, felt by local residents.
The swarm is likely caused by an intrusion of magma into an underground fissure (dike), which could but not necessarily must (and most often does not) lead to an eruption.
Previous news
Monday, Oct 12, 2015
Recent earthquakes under Herdubreid volcano
A shallow earthquake swarm has been occurring 25 km NE of the Aksja caldera since Thursday. read all
Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014
A large landslide occurred from the southern wall of the Askja caldera yesterday night. The slide caused a large flood wave in the Öskjuvatn lake that also swept into the famous Viti crater. ... read all
Saturday, May 03, 2014
Location of the recent earthquakes near Askja (Iceland)
A swarm of shallow earthquakes at 2-10 km depth has started under the Herðubreið volcano about 12 km NE of the Askja caldera. The largest earthquakes so far were 2 magnitude 3.2 and 3.0 events. read all
Friday, Nov 22, 2013
Recent earthquakes near Askja volcano in Iceland
A small swarm of earthquakes has occurred today under the eastern caldera rim. Another minor swarm took place yesterday under Þórðarhyrna volcano 20 km to the NE. ... read all
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013
Map of recent quakes near Askja
Small earthquakes have also been more frequent under and near the Askja caldera and Bardabunga volcano (to the SW of Askja) in the past few days. ... read all

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