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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
Sat, 29 Apr
Sat, 29 Apr 05:41 UTCM 2.5 / 0.1 km4 km8.8 km ENE of Goðabunga
Sat, 29 Apr 05:41 UTCM 3.3 / 1.1 km4 km7.6 km ENE of Goðabunga
Fri, 28 Apr
Fri, 28 Apr 19:22 UTCM 0.3 / 4 km5 km3.8 km NNW of Hábunga
Fri, 28 Apr 14:52 UTCM 0.2 / 3.2 km2 km7.0 km N of Hábunga
Fri, 28 Apr 14:52 UTCM 0.9 / 0.1 km2 km7.5 km N of Hábunga
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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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