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Öraefajökull volcano
Stratovolcano 2119 m (6,952 ft)
Iceland, 64°N / -16.65°W
Current status: restless (2 out of 5)
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Öraefajökull volcano eruptions:
1362 (Plinian eruption), 1727-28 (sub-Plinian)
Typical eruption style:

Explosive.


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Öraefajökull volcano (Iceland): seismic unrest

Wednesday Sep 28, 2011 17:06 PM | BY: TOM PFEIFFER

Öraefajökull volcano in SE Iceland
Öraefajökull volcano in SE Iceland
Iceland's tallest volcano, the large sub-glacial Öraefajökull volcano under Vatnajökull glacier on the SE tip of Iceland has been showing an unusual number of earthquakes over the past weeks, rising some concern that the volcano might erupt again.
Öraefajökull volcano only erupted twice in the past 100 years, in 1362 and 1727-28, but both eruptions were highly explosive and devastating. In particular the 1362 eruption devastated a whole region, which was later called "Öraefi", which means "wasteland".
The current activity is not necessarily meaning that a new eruption will happen, but as geophysicist Ari Trausti Gudmundsson said in an interview, such activity under Öraefajökull is rare, and clearly needs to be monitored.
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