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Hveravellir volcano

Subglacial volcano 1360 m / 4,462 ft
Southwestern Iceland, 64.75°N / -19.98°W
Current status: dormant (1 out of 5) | Reports
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Typical eruption style: unspecified
Hveravellir volcano eruptions: 950 AD ± 50 years
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Wed, 25 Apr
Wed, 25 Apr 22:03 UTCM 1.6 / 6.9 km18 km17.7 km NE of Geysir
Sat, 21 Apr
Sat, 21 Apr 08:21 UTCM 1.5 / 3.5 km2 km18.1 km SE of Húsafell
Thu, 19 Apr
Thu, 19 Apr 08:10 UTCM 1.3 / 5.7 km17 km17.8 km NE of Geysir
Wed, 18 Apr
Wed, 18 Apr 22:08 UTCM 2.2 / 1.1 km15 km28.4 km S of Hveravellir
Wed, 18 Apr 06:52 UTCM 1.2 / 5.4 km16 km17.0 km NE of Geysir
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Background:

The Hveravellir central volcano lies at the northern end of an active volcanic zone that extends to the NE from the Reykjanes Peninsula. Hveravellir central volcano occupies the NE half of the massive Langjökull icecap, east of the prominent Pleistocene table mountain, Erikskökull. A summit caldera lies beneath the ice. The Kjalhraun shield volcano east of Langjökull produced about 11 cu km of lava about 7800 years ago. Several small shield volcanoes have been constructed along flank fissure zones, producing postglacial lava flows that flank Langjökull on the northern, western, and eastern sides. One of the most prominent of these is a small shield volcano that was formed at the site of the massive Hallmundahraun lava flow, which covers about 240 sq km and was erupted about 950 AD. The Geysir thermal area, containing Iceland's largest geysers, lies in the Haukadalur basin, near the southern end of the lengthy fissure system extending from the Hveravellir central volcano.
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