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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
Wed, 21 Jun
Wed, 21 Jun 23:31 UTCM 0.7 / 5.1 km3 km9.3 km WSW of Landmannalaugar
Wed, 21 Jun 21:36 UTCM 0.2 / 7.8 km21 km8.6 km ENE of Þjórsárbrú
Wed, 21 Jun 20:10 UTCM 0.1 / 1.1 km9 km2.1 km SSE of Goðabunga
Wed, 21 Jun 13:39 UTCM 1.1 / 0.1 km6 km3.8 km ESE of Goðabunga
Wed, 21 Jun 13:39 UTCM 0.6 / 1.1 km5 km5.2 km ESE of Goðabunga
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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.


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.

Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institute

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