Ljósufjöll volcano

Fissure vents 988 m / 3,241 ft
Island, 64.86°N / -22.2°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)

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Typical eruption style: Effusive fissure eruptions (lava flows)
Ljósufjöll volcano eruptions: 960 AD +-10 years

Latest nearby earthquakes

TimeMag. / DepthDistance/Location
Sun, 20 Jun 2021 (GMT) (1 earthquake)
20 Jun 2021 12:22:01 GMT
1.9

20 km
18 km (11 mi)
Iceland: 25.8 Km N of Borgarnes

Background

The Ljósufjöll volcanic system at the eastern end of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula is a group of basaltic cinder cones and lava flows along short fissures on a roughly 90-km-long WNW-ESE line.

The volcanic field is about 20-km wide at the eastern end and narrows to about 10-km width on the west. Young-looking cinder cones and lava flows with morphologically fresh surfaces testify to numerous eruptions during the past 10,000 years. The latest eruption post-dated the settlement of Iceland, and took place about 1000 years ago.

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Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institute

Ljósufjöll Photos

Cinder cones in the Berserkjahraun lava field belonging to the volcanic system of Ljósufjöll, Iceland (Photo: Janka)
Cinder cones in the Berserkjahraun lava field belonging to the volcanic system of Ljósufjöll, Iceland (Photo: Janka)
Cinder cone in the Berserkjahraun lava field belonging to the volcanic system of Ljósufjöll, Iceland (Photo: Janka)
Cinder cone in the Berserkjahraun lava field belonging to the volcanic system of Ljósufjöll, Iceland (Photo: Janka)
 



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Background

The Ljósufjöll volcanic system at the eastern end of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula is a group of basaltic cinder cones and lava flows along short fissures on a roughly 90-km-long WNW-ESE line.


The volcanic field is about 20-km wide at the eastern end and narrows to about 10-km width on the west. Young-looking cinder cones and lava flows with morphologically fresh surfaces testify to numerous eruptions during the past 10,000 years. The latest eruption post-dated the settlement of Iceland, and took place about 1000 years ago.


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Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institute



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