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The ongoing earthquake swarm at the Askja caldera in Iceland
lunes, nov 11, 2019
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. ... [Leer más]
Recent earthquakes under Herdubreid volcano
lunes, oct 12, 2015
Un enjambre terremoto superficial ha estado ocurriendo a 25 km al NE de la caldera Aksja desde el jueves. ... [Leer más]

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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Last update: 1 mar 2020 (earthquake swarm ENE of the caldera)
Typical eruption style: explosivo efusiva
Erupciones del volcán Askja: 1797(?), 1875, 1919, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924(?), 1926, 1938, 1961
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Fri, 29 May 2020
Fri, 29 May 11:12 UTCM 0.3 / 4.8 km3 km4.1 km WSW of Dreki (Iceland)
Fri, 29 May 01:02 UTCM 0.1 / 4.5 km12 km3.2 km E of Lokatindur (Iceland)
Thu, 28 May 2020
Thu, 28 May 20:20 UTCM 0.5 / 3 km4 km3.4 km WSW of Dreki (Iceland)
Thu, 28 May 18:56 UTCM 1.0 / 2.8 km11 km2.4 km SSE of Lokatindur (Iceland)
Thu, 28 May 03:36 UTCM 0.3 / 3.6 km13 km2.2 km E of Lokatindur (Iceland)
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Askja is a large basaltic central volcano that forms the Dyngjufjöll massif. It is truncated by three overlapping calderas, the largest of which is 8 km wide and may have been produced primarily from subglacial ring-fracture eruptions rather than by subsidence.


A major rhyolitic explosive eruption from Dyngjufjöll about 10,000 years ago was in part associated with the formation of Askja caldera. Many postglacial eruptions also occurred along the ring-fracture. A major explosive eruption on the SE caldera margin in 1875 was one of Iceland's largest during historical time. It resulted in the formation of a smaller 4.5-km-wide caldera, now filled by Öskjuvatn lake, that truncates the rim of the larger central caldera. The 100-km-long Askja fissure swarm, which includes the Sveinagja graben, is also related to the Askja volcanic system, as are several small shield volcanoes such as Kollatadyngja. Twentieth-century eruptions at Askja have produced lava flows from vents located mostly near Öskjuvatn lake.

Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institution

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