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Time and depth of quakes (7 Oct 2012) near Brenisteinsfjöll volcano
Sunday, Oct 07, 2012
A new earthquake swarm occurred over the weekend on the Iceland's Reykjanes peninsula, on the volcanic rift zone about 12 km SW of Brenisteinsfjöll volcano. The largest quakes was a M3.8 event at 5 km depth on Friday at 19:42 UTC. [more]
Map of the quakes (red: within 48 hours, yellow: past week)
Tuesday, Sep 04, 2012
Update 4 Sep: The swarm still continues with over 30 quakes in the same area so far today. ... [more]
 

Brennisteinsfjöll volcano

Crater rows 626 m / 2,054 ft
Reykjanes Peninsula, SW Iceland, 63.92°N / -21.83°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5) | Reports
Brennisteinsfjöll volcano books
Last update: 16 May 2018 (earthquake swarms)
Typical eruption style: Effusive (lava flows)
Brennisteinsfjöll volcano eruptions: 1000(?), 1188(?), 1200(?), 1341
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Sat, 18 Jan 2020
Sat, 18 Jan 12:08 UTCM 0.2 / 9.1 km1 km10.7 km S of Helgafell (Iceland)
Fri, 17 Jan 2020
Fri, 17 Jan 05:58 UTCM 0.3 / 10.9 km5 km5.4 km S of Helgafell (Iceland)
Fri, 17 Jan 05:58 UTCM 1.0 / 7.7 km4 km6.0 km SSE of Helgafell (Iceland)
Wed, 15 Jan 2020
Wed, 15 Jan 20:55 UTCM 1.6 / 1.1 km4 km6.8 km SSW of Helgafell (Iceland)
Wed, 15 Jan 10:05 UTCM 0.9 / 6.8 km1 km10.7 km S of Helgafell (Iceland)
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The Brennisteinsfjöll volcanic system, located east of Kleifarvatn lake, consists of a series of NE-SW-trending crater rows and small shield volcanoes.

Background:

Postglacial and historical basaltic lavas cover a wide area. An eruption in 1000 AD was dated by its occurrence at the time of a meeting of the Icelandic outdoor parliament at Thingvellier. The most recent eruption at Brennisteinsfjöll took place in the 14th century.
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Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institute


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