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Vatnafjöll volcano

Spalteneruptionen 1235 m / 4,052 ft
Southern Iceland, 63.92°N / -19.67°W
Current status: dormant (1 out of 5)
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Typical eruption style: Effusive
Vatnafjöll volcano eruptions: ca. 750 AD +-1000 years
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Sun, 10 Dec
Sun, 10 Dec 06:45 UTCM 0.5 / 6.4 km27 km10.5 km SSW of Árnes
Sun, 10 Dec 04:09 UTCM 0.6 / 0.1 km4 km3.0 km NNW of Hábunga
Sun, 10 Dec 04:09 UTCM 0.1 / 1.1 km4 km2.3 km NNW of Hábunga
Sat, 9 Dec
Sat, 9 Dec 23:30 UTCM 0.6 / 11.6 km5 km2.3 km NW of Hábunga
Sat, 9 Dec 04:47 UTCM 1.0 / 11.3 km4 km8.5 km N of Álftavatn
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The Vatnafjöll volcanic system, lying immediately SE of Hekla volcano, is a 40-km-long, 9-km-wide collection of alkali basaltic fissures and crater rows.

Background:

Volcanism has migrated from the SW to the NE during the early to late Holocene. This volcanic system has been one of Iceland's most active. More than two dozen fissure eruptions have occurred during the Holocene, most recently about 1200 years ago.

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Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institute


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