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Hekla volcano
stratovolcano 1491 m (4,892 ft)
Iceland, 63.99°N / -19.67°W
Current status: restless (2 out of 5)
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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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Hekla volcano (Iceland): news & activity updates

Hekla volcano (Iceland) activity update

Monday Jul 01, 2013 16:46 PM | BY: T

GPS-measured deformation of HEKR station (Univ. Iceland), north of the volcano
GPS-measured deformation of HEKR station (Univ. Iceland), north of the volcano
The trend of rapid inflation that started in April has not continued, but was partly reverted and significant deformation has stopped for now. Nothing suggests for now that an eruption is imminent, but Hekla is known for providing close to no (seismic) warning before eruptions.
Previous news
GPS-measured deformation of HEKR station (Univ. Iceland), north of the volcano
Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013
The famous Icelandic volcano is showing further signs that indicate an eruption could occur in a near future. Significant rapid inflation, concentrated in the northern part of the volcano, has been detected since early April and likely represents accumulation of rising magma underneath. ... [more]
Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013
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. ... [more]
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]

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