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Kerlingarfjöll volcano

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

Effusive and explosive.

Kerlingarfjöll volcano eruptions: None during historic times
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Tue, 22 Sep 2020
Tue, 22 Sep 17:07 UTCM 1.1 / 1.1 km24 km30.9 Km N of Sigöldustöð, Iceland
Tue, 21 Jul 2020
Tue, 21 Jul 19:11 UTCM 2.2 / 5.3 km17 km41.0 km N of Sigöldustöð (Iceland)
Mon, 15 Jun 2020
Mon, 15 Jun 21:32 UTCM 1.1 / 5.3 km1 km28.1 km SSE of Hveravellir (Iceland)
Mon, 15 Jun 21:32 UTCM 1.6 / 22.5 km4 km25.0 km SSE of Hveravellir (Iceland)
Wed, 13 May 2020
Wed, 13 May 07:05 UTCM 1.5 / 0.1 km12 km17.1 km SSE of Hveravellir (Iceland)
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Kerlingarfjöll is a glacially dissected, largely Pleistocene rhyolitic central volcano located SW of the Hofsjökull icecap.


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.

Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institute

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