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Grímsvötn volcano
Caldera 1725 m (5,659 ft)
Iceland, 64.42°N / -17.33°W
Current status: restless (2 out of 5)
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Grímsvötn volcano eruptions:
ca. 1310, 1332, 1341, 1354(?), ca. 1370, ca. 1390, ca. 1430, ca. 1450, ca. 1470, ca. 1490, ca. 1510, ca. 1530, 1598, 1603, 1619, 1629, 1638, 1659, 1681, 1684-85, 1706, 1716, 1725, 1753, 1768, 1774, 1783-85 (Laki fissure eruption: the largest historically known effusive eruption), 1794(?), 1796(?), 1816, 1823, 1838, 1854, 1861(?), 1867, 1873, 1883, 1887-89, 1891-92, 1897, 1902-04, 1922, 1933, 1934, 1934, 1938, 1939(?), 1941(?), 1945, 1948(?), 1954, 1972(?), 1983, 1984(?), 1996, 1998, 2004 (Nov.), 2011 (21-26 May)
Typical eruption style:
Effusive, explosive magma-water/ice reaction. 
Produces notorious and frequent floods of melt-water bursts from the glacier (jökulhlaups).
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News from Grímsvötn volcano, Iceland:

Grimsvötn volcano (Iceland): Aviation Color Code raised to Yellow

Thu, 1 Oct 2020, 13:30
13:30 PM | BY: MARTIN
GPS station at Grimsvötn volcano (image: @gislio/twitter)
GPS station at Grimsvötn volcano (image: @gislio/twitter)
The Aviation Color Code for the volcano was raised to "yellow", as an increase of seismic activity has been recorded.
The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) reported that the seismic activity at the volcano has been increasing during the past month associated with increased geothermal activity.
Ground deformation exceeded the level before 2011 eruption.
Water levels in the subglacial lake were comparable to levels prior to floods in 2004 and 2010.
Source: Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 23-29 Sep 2020
Previous news
Wed, 17 Jun 2020, 07:13
Sampling of gas released from Grimsvötn volcano in June (photo: IMO/Melissa Anne Pfeffer)
One of Iceland's most active volcanoes might be getting ready for a new eruption. Recent observations by scientists from the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) monitoring the sub-glacial volcano lead to this conclusion, IMO reported in a recent press release. ... read all
Thu, 27 Mar 2014, 22:42
Earthquakes under Grímsvötn volcano, probably a result of the glacial flood (Icelandic Met Office)
A small jökulhlaup (glacier outburst flood) started yesterday from the subglacial lake Grímsvötn and has been discharging into the river Gígjukvísl. ... read all
Tue, 31 Jan 2012, 00:01
A small glacial flood occurred at Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland on 29 January 2012. The cause of the flood was probably not volcanic, but strong rainfalls and unusually high temperatures that caused melting of large amounts of snow. The flood damaged parts of the Ring Road between Núpsvötn and Gígjukvísl in the Skeiðarársandur flood plain and and east of Gígjukvísl. ... read all
Thu, 26 May 2011, 05:21
The eruption at Grimsvötn that started off violently last Saturday 21 May seems to be ending (or at least pausing) as ash emissions have dropped to near zero this morning. read all
Wed, 25 May 2011, 08:25
The ash plume from the Grimsvötn eruption has now reached northern Germany, forcing hundreds of flights in and out Hamburg and Berlin to be cancelled today (25 May). ... read all

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