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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
Typical eruption style:
Explosive and effusive.
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Hekla volcano (Iceland): news & activity updates

Hekla volcano (Iceland): earthquake swarm

Mon, 14 Apr 2014, 17:34
17:34 PM | BY: T
Earthquakes in southern Iceland during the past 48 hours
Earthquakes in southern Iceland during the past 48 hours
A shallow (around 8 km depth) earthquake swarm including two quakes at 2.7 and 2.9 magnitude has started in an area 12 km to the south of Hekla volcano.
Latest GPS measurements suggest a slight trend of inflation is occurring as well, which could be related to magma intrusion into shallow magma chambers.
We don't know whether these earthquakes are volcanic in origin or could be a precursor to a new eruption in a near future (probably not). On the other hand, since one is being considered "due" by many scientists, it would not be very surprising either.

Another earthquake swarm has been occurring off the SW tip of Iceland on the Reykjanes ridge, the submarine continuation of the active western rift zone.
Previous news
Thu, 27 Mar 2014, 22:52
Strain and earthquakes under Hekla volcano (Iceland Met Office)
The volcano remains restless, but without any indication of an impending eruption (however, it is notorious for not giving much warning either). ... read all
Thu, 20 Mar 2014, 18:08
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). ... read all
Mon, 1 Jul 2013, 16:46
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. ... read all
Tue, 30 Apr 2013, 16:44
GPS-measured deformation of HEKR station (Univ. Iceland), north of the volcano
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. ... read all
Tue, 26 Mar 2013, 16:20
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. read all
 

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