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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)
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Typical eruption style:

Effusive and explosive.


Kerlingarfjöll volcano eruptions: None during historic times
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Sat, 27 May
Sat, 27 May 04:43 UTCM 1.3 / 2 km15 km10.0 km WSW of Hveravellir
Sat, 27 May 04:43 UTCM 1.7 / 2.6 km18 km7.6 km W of Hveravellir
Fri, 26 May
Fri, 26 May 18:05 UTCM 1.6 / 4.3 km18 km9.0 km W of Hveravellir
Fri, 26 May 08:42 UTCM 1.6 / 3.3 km18 km8.1 km W of Hveravellir
Wed, 24 May
Wed, 24 May 01:16 UTCM 1.4 / 0.1 km27 km27.7 km WNW of Hveravellir
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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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