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Iceland: new submarine volcano offshore Reykjavik discovered

Thursday Apr 10, 2008 07:35 AM |

A large active submarine volcano has been found off the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland near the capital Reykjavik. Volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson from the University of Iceland and a team of scientists who have been conducting research on the volcano told in a recent press release that the volcano who has now been quiet for at least 100 year, cold well erupt in some not too distant future.
The volcano is located at 1500 m below sea level and has a summit caldera measuring 10 kilometers in diameter. The great depth of its location makes it unlikely that eruptions would have major effect on Iceland's mainland, except perhaps causing earthquakes.
According to the press article, the researchers plan in 2009 to use a small submarine to undertake more detailed research of the underwater volcano.
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  • Source: adapted from an article in Iceland review

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