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Helgrindur Volcano

Updated: May 29, 2024 14:54 GMT -
Pyroclastic cones 647 m / 2,123 ft
Western Iceland, 64.87°N / -23.25°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
Last update: 22 Dec 2021 (Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report)

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Typical eruption style: unspecified
Helgrindur volcano eruptions: unknown, no recent eruptions

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Background

Helgrindur (also known as Lysuhóll or Lysukard) is one of Iceland's smallest volcanic systems. It consists of a chain of small alkali olivine basaltic cinder cones and vents along a WNW-ESE line cutting across the central Snaefellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland. The slightly arcuate line of Quaternary vents extends to the northern coast of the peninsula. Helgrindur is the central of three volcanic systems occupying the peninsula. The latest eruption from Helgrindur is undated, but the volcanic field has been active during the Holocene.
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Smithsonian / GVP volcano information

Latest satellite images

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Wed, 11 Nov 2020, 06:00

Helgrindur volcano (Iceland) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 11 November-17 November 2020 (Continuing Activity)

IMO reported that the Alert Level for Helgrindur was raised from Gray (insufficient monitoring) to Green (normal, non-eruptive) on 12 November, reflecting the recent installation of three seismic stations along the peninsula. The new instruments will allow for better coverage and sensitivity for the detection of seismic unrest. The Alert Level scale consists of five colors. ... Read all

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