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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): eruption warning

Thursday Mar 20, 2014 18:08 PM | BY: T

Hekla volcano, calm this afternoon
Hekla volcano, calm this afternoon
The volcano has drawn media attention and is being closely monitored as it is believed it is "ready" for a new eruption (although there are no current indications that one is imminent).
A recent statement by Páll Einarsson, professor in geophysics at the University of Iceland, made headlines saying that "Hekla might eruption soon", because GPS deformation and strain measurements suggest that its shallow magma reservoirs have been filling up during the past years.
The volcano is notorious for having very little seismic precursory activity and only giving very short (tens of minutes to few hours) of warning immediately before an eruption occurs.
The last eruption was 14 years ago in March 2000. Authorities have put up warning tables for hikers and people approaching the volcano, and a text messaging system was implement as preparation for possible emergency situations should one find him/herself caught in the vicinity of the volcano should it erupt.
Previous news
GPS-measured deformation of HEKR station (Univ. Iceland), north of the volcano
Monday, Jul 01, 2013
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. [more]
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]

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