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Die Position des Katla-Vulkans und anderer Vulkane auf Island
Die Position des Katla-Vulkans und anderer Vulkane auf Island

 

Katla Vulkan

Unter einem Gletscher liegender Vulkan 1512 m / 4,961 ft
Southern Iceland, 63.63°N / -19.06°W
Aktueller Status: unruhig (2 von 5)
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Last update: 22 Jun 2017
Typische Aktivität: Explosive basaltic and dacitic eruptions, voluminous lava flows.
Ausbrüche des Katla: 920 AD, 950 AD (?), 1150, 1177, 1245, 1262, 1311, 1357, 1416, 1440, 1450, 1500, 1580, 1612, 1625, 1660-61, 1721, 1755-56, 1823, 1860, 1918, 1955(?), 1999(?), 1918
UhrzeitMag. / TiefeDistanceOrt
Sat, 22 Jul
Sat, 22 Jul 14:21 UTCM 0.4 / 8.9 km6 km6.9 km WNW of Vatnafjöll
Sat, 22 Jul 13:41 UTCM 0.4 / 0.1 km13 km3.0 km WNW of Goðabunga
Sat, 22 Jul 12:39 UTCM 0.3 / 0.1 km4 km7.9 km NE of Álftavatn
Sat, 22 Jul 06:29 UTCM 0.7 / 0.3 km5 km2.6 km NNW of Hábunga
Sat, 22 Jul 03:45 UTCM 0.4 / 0.1 km8 km3.2 km SE of Goðabunga
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Katla volcano, located near the southern end of Iceland's eastern volcanic zone, is hidden beneath the Myrdalsjökull icecap. Katla is one of Iceland's most active and most dangerous volcanoes, infamous for its large eruptions happening on average every 50-100 year, causing devastating glacial floods (jökullhlaups).
In recent year, increased seismicity and inflation of Katla has been being measured. Katla, statistically due for a new eruption, is being very closely monitored and an eruption in a not too distant future would not come as a big surprise.

Beschreibung:

The subglacial dominantly basaltic volcano is one of Iceland's most active and is a frequent producer of damaging jökulhlaups, or glacier-outburst floods. A large 9 x 14 km subglacial caldera with a long axis in a NW-SE direction is up to 750 m deep. Its high point reaches 1380 m, and three major outlet glaciers have breached its rim.

Although most historical eruptions have taken place from fissures inside the caldera, the Eldgjá fissure system, which extends about 60 km to the NE from the current ice margin towards Grímsvötn volcano, has been the source of major Holocene eruptions. An eruption from the Eldgjá fissure system about 934 AD produced a voluminous lava flow of about 18 cu km, one of the world's largest known Holocene lava flows. Katla has been the source of frequent subglacial basaltic explosive eruptions that have been among the largest tephra-producers in Iceland during historical time and has produced dacitic explosive eruptions during the Holocene.

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Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institute


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