Katla volcano news & activity updates
Katla volcano (Iceland) activity update: earthquake swarm on 15 February 2012
Thu, 16 Feb 2012, 07:0107:01 AM | BY: T
Recent earthquakes beneath Katla and Hekla volcanoes (Icelandic Met Office)
Two of Iceland's most known and active volcanoes are showing signs of unrest. Another seismic swarm (after the last one around 3 Feb) occurred at Katla volcano yesterday, although it was weaker than the previous ones. Most likely, the swarm was caused by another shallow dike injection (magma intrusion) beneath the crater, confirming the ongoing unrest at the volcano.
Time and depth of recent quakes
A small, but very shallow 1.2 magnitude quake happened beneath the summit of Hekla volcano at just 100 m.
Earthquake swarms near Katla and Henggil volcano on Iceland
Sun, 5 Feb 2012, 19:4019:40 PM | BY: T
Small seismic swarms have occurred near Katla volcano (S Iceland), Henggil volcano (SW Iceland) and a weaker swarm near Askja (N-Central Iceland) during the past 48 hours. The cause of the swarms is unclear and their intensity is not alarming. They are not necessarily volcanic, but could related to tectonic stress release around the main Icelandic rift zones.
Seismicity in Iceland during the past 2 days (Icelandic Met Office)
Mon, 30 Jan 2012, 00:01
Fri, 28 Oct 2011, 06:55
Signs of unrest beneath Katla, one of Iceland's most active volcanoes continue. A seismic swarm was recorded under the northern part of Katla volcano's caldera beneath the Mýrdalsjökull glacier in southern Iceland over the past 48 hours. 35 quakes of up to 3.2 magnitude, many at shallow depths, occrred mostly in the afternoon of 27 Oct. ... read all
Tue, 6 Sep 2011, 18:05
A mew seismic swarm is occurring at Katla volcano, with over 60 small earthquakes of magnitudes of up to 2.6 at 1-8 km depth beneath the caldera since Sunday. It could be a possibility that this swarm is caused by the injection of magma at depth, but could also be due to structural displacements. It is unclear whether the recent signs of unrest at Katla are the precursors of a new eruption in a near to medium future. ... read all
Sun, 10 Jul 2011, 07:17
A small Small jokulhlaup (glacial flood) has occurred at Katla volcano early on 9 July, possibly due to a (minor phreatic?) eruption under the large icecap covering the volcano. ... read all
Sat, 9 Jul 2011, 13:01
It is reported that there was a first subglacial eruption at Katla volcano resulting in a lahar. ... read all