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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: dormant (1 out of 5)
Brennisteinsfjöll volcano books
Last update: 5 Jul 2013 (earthquake swarms)
Typical eruption style: Effusive (lava flows)
Brennisteinsfjöll volcano eruptions: 1000(?), 1188(?), 1200(?), 1341
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Thu, 23 Nov
Thu, 23 Nov 04:25 UTCM 0.4 / 5.3 km12 km3.5 km E of Raufarhólshellir
Wed, 22 Nov
Wed, 22 Nov 22:54 UTCM 1.1 / 4.8 km9 km2.4 km NNE of Hellisheiðarvirkjun
Wed, 22 Nov 03:46 UTCM 1.9 / 7.8 km16 km2.3 km W of Raufarhólshellir
Wed, 22 Nov 03:46 UTCM 1.0 / 7 km16 km2.3 km W of Raufarhólshellir
Wed, 22 Nov 00:41 UTCM 1.8 / 5.2 km4 km1.6 km NNE of Krýsuvík
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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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