Articles tagged "iceland"

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More than 8 000 earthquakes near Keilir, Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland

The earthquake swarm that began just SSW of Keilir in the Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland on September 27, 2021, has produced more than 8 200 earthquakes by October 6, 2021. The quakes are occurring not far from the ongoing Fagradalsfjall eruption at depths between 5...

October 06, 2021

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Powerful blizzard hits Northern Iceland

A deep cyclone with estimated pressure below 970 hPa is bringing intense snowstorms and blizzard conditions to northwest Iceland on September 28, 2021. Bad weather is expected to continue through Wednesday, September 29. Blizzard conditions are expected in the...

September 28, 2021

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Grímsvötn volcano ready to erupt, Iceland

According to Benedikt Gunnar Ófeigsson, deformation scientist at the Icelandic Met Office (IMO), there is every indication that the Grímsvötn volcano is ready to erupt. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 2011 -- it was a large and...

September 16, 2021

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Aviation Color Code raised, uncertainty level declared for the ongoing uplift at Askja volcano, Iceland

The National commissioner in agreement with the Police Department of the North-East Iceland declared the uncertainty level because of the ongoing uplift at Askja volcano. In addition, the Aviation Color Code for the volcano was raised from Green to Yellow. This is...

September 09, 2021

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Another glacial outburst flood begins at the Vatnajökull ice cap, Iceland

Another glacial outburst flood (jökulhlaup) is in progress at the Vatnajökull ice cap since September 5, 2021. Yesterday's flood started at the Eastern Skaftárketill cauldron and follows another flood from the Western Skaftárketill which...

September 06, 2021

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New vent opens at Fagradalsfjall, ground cracks observed in Gónhóll, Iceland

A new vent has opened close to the main crater at the Fagradalsfjall eruption site, Krýsuvík-Trölladyngja volcanic system in Iceland, which continues to erupt since March 19, 2021.1 According to the Institute of Earth Sciences photographs of the...

August 19, 2021

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Massive sunken continent could be resting underneath Iceland

An international team of geologists believes they have identified a sunken continent hidden under Iceland and the surrounding ocean, which they called Icelandia. The scientists said the continent could stretch from Greenland all the way to Europe. If proven, this...

July 11, 2021

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Resumption of fissure eruption close to Fagradalsfjall, Iceland

The fissure eruption in the western part of the Krýsuvík-Trölladyngja volcanic system, close to Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland, periodically continued since the start of July. Lava fountaining and overflows from the fifth vent...

July 11, 2021

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Vog from Fagradalsfjall completely obscures view to the volcano, Iceland

Volcanic smog (vog) is a visible haze comprised of gas and an aerosol of tiny particles and acidic droplets created when sulfur dioxide (SO2) and other gases emitted from a volcano chemically interact with sunlight and atmospheric oxygen, moisture, and dust. Called...

July 03, 2021

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Increased volcanic activity reported near Fagradalsfjall, Iceland

An increase in volcanic activity was reported near the Fagradalsfjall eruption site in Southwest Iceland on Saturday, June 26, 2021. If the development continues, authorities said lava will flow sooner than expected over Suðurstrandarvegur road, a key road that...

July 01, 2021

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Unseasonal snowstorm and cold hit Iceland, prompt rescue operations

Heavy, unseasonal snow and sleet covered the northern and eastern parts of Iceland on Sunday, June 13, 2021. The snow was so heavy in some areas that tourists had to be rescued after getting trapped. Temperatures also plummeted to freezing levels and are expected to...

June 15, 2021

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Lava cuts off famous viewing hill of eruption near Fagradalsfjall in Geldingadalur, Iceland

The famous viewing hill providing a glimpse of the ongoing volcanic eruption site near Fagradalsfjall in Geldingadalur, Iceland, has been cut off as lava has made its way through the hiking trail on Monday, June 7, 2021. The spectacular sight of a volcano spewing...

June 08, 2021

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Stunning drone video of Fagradalsfjall eruption site in Iceland

"The ongoing eruption of the Icelandic Fagradalsfjall volcano in the Geldingadalir valley was one of the most magnificent sights I have ever witnessed in my life," says Joey Helms, a filmmaker who recently visited Iceland to make this amazing video....

June 03, 2021

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Iceland lava wall breached - Geologist Ólafur Íngólfsson explains Fagradalsfjal volcano eruption

Geologist Ólafur Íngólfsson joins us on another trip to the Fagradalsfjall eruption site in Iceland. Íngólfsson talks about the new developments of the volcano as of May 21 and explains how the volcano acts like a geyser now. The...

May 27, 2021

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Lava overtakes artificial dam near the Fagradalsfjall eruption site, Iceland

Lava has overtaken the artificial dam built near the Fagradalsfjall eruption site in Iceland as of Sunday, May 23, 2021. The lava has entered the valley, leading towards the southern ring road. Lava has overflowed from the artificial dam that had been immediately...

May 25, 2021

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Lava flow at Fagradalsfjall increases by 70 percent amid ongoing eruption, Iceland

Lava flow at the Fagradalsfjall eruption site on Iceland's Reykjanes Peninsula has increased by around 70 percent, according to the latest data from the University of Iceland’s Institute of Earth Sciences (IES). Experts also noted that there are no signs...

May 12, 2021

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Eruption in Fagradalsfjall producing mesmerizing red skies during a cloudy night, Iceland

Sigfús Steindórsson from Reykjavik, Iceland brings us another amazing video of an eruption in Fagradalsfjall with mesmerizing red skies during a recent cloudy night. Captured from Hafnarfjörður, Reykjavík on May 10, 2021. Here's...

May 11, 2021

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Unusually high lava fountains beyond 460 m (1 500 feet) at Fagradalsfjall, Iceland

Powerful jets of lava have been observed at the Fagradalsfjall eruption site on Iceland's Reykjanes Peninsula, with some reaching unusual heights beyond 460 m (1 500 feet) at 05:40 UTC on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) reported. On...

May 06, 2021

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Size of hazard area in Fagradalsfjall under re-evaluation after change in volcanic activity, Iceland

Authorities in Iceland are re-evaluating the size of the hazard area at the eruption site in Fagradalsfjall after a significant change in activity detected on May 2. The eruption in Fagradalsfjall continues through one main crater -- the fifth fissure that opened in...

May 04, 2021

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Huge lava fountains at Fagradalsfjall, biggest since the eruption start, Iceland

New fissure openings have formed several times since the eruption at Fagradalsfjall, Iceland began on March 19, 2021. On May 2, the activity at the volcano changed, producing huge lava fountains -- the biggest since the eruption started. The video was captured by...

May 03, 2021

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New drone views of volcanic eruption in Iceland

A fourth fissure opened at the Fagradalsfjall eruption site in Iceland on April 10, 2021. The fissure is located halfway between those that opened on April 5 and 7. Luckily, conditions allowed residents to return close to the volcano over the weekend and produce a...

April 11, 2021

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New fissures open near the eruption site in Geldingadalir, Iceland

Two new volcanic fissures opened near the eruption site in Geldingadalir, Iceland on April 5, 2021. Helicopters from the Icelandic Coast Guard were sent to the new eruption site to make sure the area is evacuated. The fissures are in total 200 m (656 feet) long and...

April 06, 2021

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Volcanic eruption in Geldingadalir continues, lava flow steady at 5 - 7 m3 per second, Iceland

The volcanic eruption in Geldingadalir, Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland has now been ongoing for 9 days, with lava flowing steadily at 5 to 7 cubic meters per second, the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) reported on March 29, 2021. A lot of data has been collected since the...

March 29, 2021

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High level of volcanic gases measured close to the eruption site at Fagradalsfjall, Iceland

A volcanic eruption in Geldingadalur​ near Fagradalsfjall on Iceland's Reykjanes Peninsula continues since March 19, 2021. Lava fountain activity is still low and mapping of the lava flow is in progress. While no volcanic ash has been detected, a high level of...

March 23, 2021

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Eruption starts near Fagradalsfjall on Iceland's Reykjanes Peninsula

A volcanic eruption started near Fagradalsfjall in Geldingadalur, Krýsuvík-Trölladyngja volcanic system, Iceland's Reykjanes Peninsula at 20:45 UTC on March 19, 2021, after more than 50 000 earthquakes registered since February 24. The last...

March 20, 2021

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Magma chamber continues to expand, more than 35 000 earthquakes hit Reykjanes Peninsula in two weeks, Iceland

The seismo-volcanic crisis on Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland continues on March 11, 2021, with more than 35 000 earthquakes detected since February 24, 2021. The probability of an eruption is increasing and the most likely place where it might start is from Keilir to...

March 11, 2021

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New seismic tremor on Reykjanes Peninsula, more than 22 000 earthquakes since February 24, Iceland

A new seismic tremor similar to the one measured on March 3 started on Reykjanes Peninsula at 00:22 UTC on March 7, 2021. Today's tremor was much shorter than the one on March 3 -- it lasted 20 minutes vs. several hours four days ago. Seismicity increased...

March 07, 2021

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Sudden increase in seismic tremor southwest of Keilir at Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland

A sudden increase in seismic tremor was detected throughout most of Iceland's national seismic network at 14:20 UTC on March 3, 2021. Similar bursts of tremor have been observed ahead of previous volcanic eruptions in Iceland. As of 19:00 UTC, the tremor...

March 03, 2021

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15 000 earthquakes hit the Reykjanes Peninsula since February 24, Iceland

The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) has detected around 15 000 earthquakes in Reykjanes Peninsula since an intense earthquake swarm started on February 24, 2021. By March 1, the number rose to over 10 000 and by March 3 it's already around 15 000, with quite a few...

March 03, 2021

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Aviation Color Code for Krysuvik volcano raised to Yellow, Iceland

The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) has raised the Aviation Color Code for Krysuvik volcano to Yellow on February 24, 2021, due to increased seismicity near the volcano. The last eruption at this volcano took place in the year 1340. Intense seismic activity...

February 26, 2021

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Nearly 5 000 earthquakes hit Reykjanes Peninsula in 2 days, Iceland

Nearly 5 000 earthquakes have been registered in two distinct clusters on Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland since February 24, 2021. The swarm includes two earthquakes above M5.0 -- M5.7 at 10:05 UTC and M5.0 at 10:30 UTC, the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) reported at 09:05...

February 26, 2021

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Very intense earthquake swarm shaking Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland

A very intense earthquake swarm started close to Fagradalsfjall in Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland on the morning of February 24, 2021. The strongest in the sequence so far was M5.7, 3 km (1.8 miles) SSW of Keilir at 10:05 UTC, followed by numerous aftershocks. The...

February 24, 2021

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Large landslides cause major damage in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

A series of landslides have been reported in the town of Seyðisfjörður, Iceland, causing major damage to at least 10 houses and electrical poles. A red alert phase has been in effect in the area since December 15, 2020, with fears that more houses would...

December 21, 2020

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Significant ground deformation associated with earthquakes on the Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland

The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) is reporting significant ground deformation associated with a series of earthquakes that occurred on the Reykjanes Peninsula, between Fagradalsfjall and Kleifarvatn, from October 16 to 22, 2020. The largest quake in the series was...

October 28, 2020

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M5.6 earthquake hits Reykjanes peninsula, the largest since 2003, Iceland

A shallow M5.6 earthquake hit about 5 km (3.1 miles) W of the geothermal area in Seltun on Iceland's Reykjanes peninsula at 13:43 UTC on October 20, 2020. This is the largest earthquake measured in the peninsula since 2003. According to the Icelandic Met Office...

October 21, 2020

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Large 'impressive' landslide hits Eyjafordur, Iceland

A large, "impressive" landslide occurred in the Eyjafordur area of northern Iceland on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Local reports said a similar landslide has not occurred in the area since 2006. Slope failures continue to occur at the site as of Friday,...

October 11, 2020

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Grímsvötn volcano Aviation Color Code raised from Green to Yellow, Iceland

The Aviation Color Code for Grímsvötn volcano was raised from Green to Yellow on September 30, 2020. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 2011 -- it was a large and powerful VEI 4 eruption. The average eruption frequency during the last 1 100...

September 30, 2020

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Large-scale volcano-tectonic reactivation event in the Reykjanes peninsula, satellites map surface deformation, Iceland

Intense earthquake swarm that started in Fagradalsfjall, Iceland's Reykjavik peninsula on July 18, 2020, is slowly decreasing over time, the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) reports. The current earthquake activity is interpreted to be part of a larger scale...

July 24, 2020

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More than 13 000 earthquakes at Tjörnes Fracture Zone since June 19, Iceland

Earthquake swarm at the Tjörnes Fracture Zone continues, with more than 13 000 quakes detected since the swarm started on June 19, 2020. This is the largest earthquake swarm in the region recorded in the past 40 years. According to the Icelandic Met Office...

July 15, 2020

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IMO records the largest earthquake swarm at Tjörnes Fracture Zone since 1980, Iceland

Intense earthquake swarm which started at the mouth of Eyjafjörður at the Tjörnes Fracture Zone on June 19 continues, with about 9 000 earthquakes detected by the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) by July 1. Three earthquakes over M5 have been...

July 01, 2020