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Prestahnukur volcano

Shield volcano (subglacial) 1390 m (4,560 ft) (?)
Iceland, 64.6°N / -20.58°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5) | Reports
Prestahnukur volcano books
Typical eruption style: Effusive (lava flows).
Prestahnukur volcano eruptions: none during historic times, last eruption radiocarbon-dated at 7550 BC +-500 years
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Mon, 17 Dec
Mon, 17 Dec 01:23 UTCM 1.1 / 2.8 km6 km14.1 km SSW of Eiríksjökull
Fri, 14 Dec
Fri, 14 Dec 21:35 UTCM 1.9 / 6.1 km38 km22.5 km W of Húsafell
Fri, 14 Dec 15:06 UTCM 1.3 / 4.3 km4 km16.6 km SE of Húsafell
Mon, 10 Dec
Mon, 10 Dec 05:49 UTCM 1.0 / 7.6 km24 km4.9 km SSW of Skjaldbreið
Wed, 5 Dec
Wed, 5 Dec 06:54 UTCM 1.8 / 4.5 km24 km25.9 km NNE of Geysir
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Prestahnukur volcano is a large subglacial shield volcano in SW Iceland. It is located beneath at the SW end of the Langjökull icecap. Prestahnukur has rift zones to the north and SW. Eruptions occurred from the rift zones in the past 10,000 years.

Background:

Hot springs are associated with the rhyolitic Prestahnukur central volcano. The classic Icelandic shield volcano Skjaldbreidur was formed at the southern end of the Prestahnukur volcanic system, between Thorsjökull glacier and Thingvallavatn lake. The broad, low-angle shield volcano produced 17 cu km of basaltic lava flows during the early Holocene.
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Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institute


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