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Krafla volcano

Caldera 650 m / 2,133 ft
Northeastern Iceland, 65.73°N / -16.78°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
Last update: 24 Feb 2022

Krafla is one of Iceland's most spectacular and most active volcanoes. During the 1970's and 1980's, it became famous for its "Krafla Fires" - curtains of lava fountains from a system of fissures inside the hige caldera.

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Typical eruption style: Effusive.
Krafla volcano eruptions: 1724, 1727, 1728, 1728, 1729, 1746, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1981, 1984
Lastest nearby earthquakes:
TimeMag. / DepthDistance/Location
Thursday, May 26, 2022 GMT (1 quake)
May 26, 2022 5:37 pm (GMT +0) (May 26, 2022 17:37 GMT)

4.7 km
39 km (24 mi)
Iceland: 7.0 Km E of Húsavík
Thursday, May 19, 2022 GMT (1 quake)
May 19, 2022 1:48 pm (GMT +0) (May 19, 2022 13:48 GMT)

4.3 km
18 km (11 mi)
Iceland: 2.0 Km SW of Þeistareykir
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 GMT (1 quake)
May 17, 2022 10:30 pm (GMT +0) (May 17, 2022 22:30 GMT)

1.7 km
3.5 km (2.2 mi)
Iceland: 1.4 Km SSE of Kröfluvirkjun
Monday, May 16, 2022 GMT (2 quakes)
May 16, 2022 10:18 am (GMT +0) (May 16, 2022 10:18 GMT)

4.2 km
18 km (11 mi)
Iceland: 1.8 Km W of Þeistareykir
May 16, 2022 9:22 am (GMT +0) (May 16, 2022 09:22 GMT)

1.3 km
3.3 km (2.1 mi)
Iceland: 1.2 Km S of Kröfluvirkjun


Krafla is a central volcano NE of Myvatn lake and has a 10-km-wide caldera, that was formed around 100,000 years ago by a violent ryhyolitic tuff-forming eruption. The caldera is cut by a N-S-trending fissure system.
Krafla has been the source of many rifting and eruptive events during the Holocene, including two in historical time, during 1724-29 and 1975-84. The prominent Hverfjall and Ludent tuff rings east of Myvatn were erupted along the 100-km-long fissure system, which extends as far as the north coast of Iceland.
Iceland's renowned Myvatn lake formed during the eruption of the older Laxarhraun lava flow from the Ketildyngja shield volcano of the Fremrinamur volcanic system about 3800 years before present (BP); its present shape is constrained by the roughly 2000 years BP younger Laxarhraun lava flow from the Krafla volcanic system. The abundant pseudocraters that form a prominent part of the Myvatn landscape were created when the younger Laxarhraun lava flow entered the lake.
Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institution

Krafla Photos

Hot spring shower next to the road coming from Krafla volcano, Iceland (Photo: Janka)
Hot spring shower next to the road coming from Krafla volcano, Iceland (Photo: Janka)
Námaskarð solfataras near Krafla volcano, Iceland (Photo: Janka)
Námaskarð solfataras near Krafla volcano, Iceland (Photo: Janka)
Fissure leading directly to Krafla volcano, Iceland (Photo: Janka)
Fissure leading directly to Krafla volcano, Iceland (Photo: Janka)

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