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Eldey volcano

Updated: Nov 29, 2023 02:04 GMT -
submarine volcano 70 m / 230 ft
Reykjanes Ridge, Iceland, 63.73°N / -23°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
Last update: 12 Oct 2023 (Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report)

The Eldey volcanic system is located on the northernmost part of the Reykjanes Ridge and is submarine with the exception of Eldey Island and the skerries (small rocky islands) Eldeyjardrangur, Geirfugladrangur, and Geirfuglasker.
Maximum water depth within the system is about 250 m. Eldey has been moderately active in Holocene time. Characteristic activity consists of explosive submarine basaltic eruptions. Six small eruptions have been located within this system during the last 1,100 years, the last occurring in 1926 CE.

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Typical eruption style: effusive
Eldey volcano eruptions: 1926, 1884(?), 1879, 1422, 1340, 1211

Latest nearby earthquakes

TimeMag. / DepthDistance/Location
Friday, November 24, 2023 GMT (2 quakes)
Nov 24, 12:25 pm (Reykjavik)
(Nov 24, 12:25 GMT)

1.1 km
30 km (19 mi)
Iceland: 2.5 Km NNW of Grindavík
Nov 24, 12:25 pm (Reykjavik)
(Nov 24, 12:25 GMT)

1.1 km
30 km (19 mi)
Iceland: 2.5 Km NNW of Grindavík

See also: Sentinel hub | Landsat 8 | NASA FIRMS
Wed, 12 Jul 2023, 14:00

Eldey volcano (Reykjanes Peninsula) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 5 July-11 July 2023 (New Activity / Unrest)

Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) reported that at 2330 on 6 July earthquake activity increased in an area close to Eldey and by 1500 on 7 July the seismic network had detected over 480 events. The earthquakes were located at depths of around 8 km, with several of the events over M 3 and six over M 4; the largest event was a M 4.5 recorded at 0506 on 7 July. Activity that strong had not previously been detected in conjunction with seismic swarms related to magma intrusions in Fagradalsfjall. ... Read all
Fri, 7 Jul 2023, 18:05

Second earthquake swarm at Iceland's southwestern tip triggers alert for Eldey volcano

Recent eartquakes near Eldey volcano, Iceland
In addition to the ongoing crisis near Fagradalsfjall volcano, a second seismic swarm has started in southwestern island, near the active volcanic system of Eldey island also on the Reykjanes ridge. ... Read all
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