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Kerlingarfjöll volcano

Stratovolcano 1488 m (4,882 ft)
Iceland, 64.64°N / -19.24°W
Current status: dormant (1 out of 5) | Reports
Kerlingarfjöll volcano books
Typical eruption style:

Effusive and explosive.


Kerlingarfjöll volcano eruptions: None during historic times
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Sat, 16 Jun
Sat, 16 Jun 19:01 UTCM 1.1 / 12.4 km2 km28.3 km SSE of Hveravellir
Thu, 7 Jun
Thu, 7 Jun 02:00 UTCM 1.0 / 4.1 km22 km30.9 km NNE of Geysir
Thu, 7 Jun 02:00 UTCM 0.6 / 7.4 km23 km30.1 km NNE of Geysir
Kerlingarfjöll is a glacially dissected, largely Pleistocene rhyolitic central volcano located SW of the Hofsjökull icecap.

Background:

Steep-sided Pleistocene rhyolitic lava domes and numerous hot springs occupy two calderas at the center of the 5 x 7 km wide complex. Holocene flank fissures on the NE side produced the Illahraun lava flow, which traveled more than 20 km to the south. Fumarolic activity at Kerlingarfjöll, mostly concentrated in the center of the complex, is the most vigorous in Iceland.

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Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institute


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