Öraefajökull volcano

Stratovolcano 2119 m (6,952 ft)
Island, 64°N / -16.65°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
Last update: 1 Mar 2020 (seismic unrest)

Öraefajökull, Iceland's highest peak, is probably Iceland's most violent volcano. A major silicic eruption in 1362 was Iceland's largest historical explosive eruption. It and another eruption during 1727-28 were accompanied by major jökulhlaups (glacier outburst floods) that caused property damage and fatalities.

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Öraefajökull volcano eruptions: 1362 (Plinian eruption), 1727-28 (sub-Plinian)

TimeMag. / DepthDistance/Location
Friday, November 26, 2021 02:31 GMT (2 earthquakes)
Nov 26, 2021 2:31 am (GMT +0) (Nov 26, 2021 02:31 GMT)

1.1 km
29 km (18 mi)
Iceland: 25.5 Km W of Jöklasel
Nov 26, 2021 2:31 am (GMT +0) (Nov 26, 2021 02:31 GMT)

0.7 km
30 km (19 mi)
Iceland: 24.4 Km W of Jöklasel
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 21:34 GMT (2 earthquakes)
Nov 16, 2021 9:34 pm (GMT +0) (Nov 16, 2021 21:34 GMT)

1.7 km
3 km (1.9 mi)
Iceland: 4.5 Km E of Hvannadalshnjúkur
Nov 16, 2021 9:34 pm (GMT +0) (Nov 16, 2021 21:34 GMT)

1.2 km
2.5 km (1.6 mi)
Iceland: 3.8 Km E of Hvannadalshnjúkur


Öraefajökull is a broad glacier-clad central volcano at the SE end of the Vatnajökull icecap. A 4 x 5 km subglacial caldera truncates the summit of the basaltic and rhyolitic volcano. The largest-volume volcano in Iceland, 2119-m-high Öraefajökull was mostly constructed during the Pleistocene. Holocene activity has been dominated by explosive summit eruptions, although flank lava effusions have also occurred.

Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institution

See also: Sentinel hub | Landsat 8 | NASA FIRMS
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