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Hekla volcano
stratovolcano 1491 m (4,892 ft)
Iceland, 63.99°N / -19.67°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
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Hekla volcano eruptions:
1104 (large, Plinian eruption), 1158, 1206, 1222, 1300, 1341, 1389, 1440(?), 1510, 1554, 1597, 1636-37, 1693, 1725, 1766-68, 1845-46, 1878, 1913, 1947-48, 1970, 1980, 1981, 1991, 2000
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Explosive and effusive.
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Hekla volcano (Iceland): news & activity updates

Hekla volcano (Iceland): unusual seismic activity could be precursor to a new eruption

Tuesday Mar 26, 2013 16:20 PM | BY: T

The Icelandic Meteorological Office has informed authorities about unusual seismicity at Hekla volcano, which could be a precursor to a new eruption, and increased the volcanic alert level to yellow. Monitoring of the volcano will be intensified, as Hekla is not only one of the most active, but also one of the potentially most hazardous volcanoes of the country. The last eruption was in March 2000. On average, the volcano has been erupting about every 10 years, and it would statistically seen be due for a new one.
"Uncertainty level" was declared by Civil Protection as the lowest of 3 alert levels in case of natural hazards.
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Earthquakes near Hekla since beginning of August
Friday, Sep 14, 2012
Small earthquakes continue to occur around and beneath the volcano. At the moment, it does not seem a significant increase and we have no other data suggesting that the volcano should erupt soon (although it very well could). [more]
Old photo of Hekla volcano (c) Tom Pfeiffer
Wednesday, Jul 06, 2011
New seismic activity and a strong uplift may show that there will be a strong eruption in the next weeks or months. [more]
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
A new published study presents measurements of inflation cycles at Hekla volcano, suggesting that Hekla is ready for another eruption. ... [more]

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