Articles tagged "iceland"

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Amazing aurora borealis over Iceland

Because sometimes you just need to see it... "On September 27, 2017, a G3 class solar storm sparked beautiful auroras but I was way too far north to get a very good show. Instead, Lady Aurora decided to show her best colors the next night on September 28th,...

September 29, 2017

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Bright, slow-moving fireball recorded over Iceland

A bright, slow-moving fireball meteor was observed and recorded over Iceland at 22:48 UTC on September 12, 2017. The event lasted for about 10 seconds. Iceland's leading astronomy website, Stjörnufræðivefurinn, said that the phenomenon was a...

September 13, 2017

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Violent storm set to bring hurricane force winds to Iceland and western Ireland

Iceland residents are bracing themselves for another strong winter storm, currently approaching with a central pressure of 955 hPa, Meteo Europe reports. The system is expected to bring hurricane force winds across the island by the end of December 7, 2015 (local...

December 07, 2015

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Earthquake swarm in the Reykjanes volcanic system, Iceland

An earthquake swarm started on June 30, 2015 at 21:00 UTC in the Reykjanes volcanic system at the southwest tip of the Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland. Around 400 earthquakes have been detected by 14:00 UTC on July 1.By July 3, the frequency of earthquakes has significantl

July 03, 2015

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Fragment of continental crust found under south east Iceland

An international team, including researchers at the University of Liverpool, have shown that south east Iceland is underlain by continental crust.The team found that the accepted theory, that Iceland consists only of very thick oceanic crust, is incorrect. Maps of crust

April 14, 2015

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Holuhraun eruption update - Iceland's largest lava field since the Laki eruption in 1783-84

Iceland's subglacial stratovolcano Bardarbunga, located in NW Vatnajökull ice cap, erupted on August 29, 2014 after a sharp increase in seismic activity which started at 03:00 UTC on August 16, 2014.Today, almost 5 months since the eruption started, seismic ac

January 20, 2015

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Increased SO2 emissions from Holuhraun eruption site can pose health risk and affect global climate change

Earth has split open between the Bardarbunga and Askja volcanoes in Iceland and spewed lava and hot gas. According to the University of Iceland, as of September 9, 2014, the new lava flow was 16 kilometers (10 miles) long and covered about 20 square kilometers (8

September 12, 2014

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Dangerous air pollution hit Iceland's capital

Reykjavík and other parts of Iceland recorded 40 times the upper safe limit of pollution levels on February 19/20, 2014. The pollution levels haven't been so high since the last volcanic eruptions in 2010-2011. However, this time it is not ash that

February 21, 2014

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World's first magma-enhanced geothermal system created in Iceland

In 2009, a borehole drilled at Krafla, northeast Iceland, as part of the Icelandic Deep Drilling Project (IDDP), unexpectedly penetrated into magma (molten rock) at only 2100 meters depth, with a temperature of 900-1000 C. The borehole, IDDP-1, was the first

January 25, 2014

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Intense earthquake swarm offshore North Iceland - 1 000 quakes in 6 days

An intense earthquake swarm has been going on offshore North Iceland, 10 km NW of Gjögurtá, since September 25, 2013. This morning, 2 earthquakes reaching magnitude 3 and 3.2 occurred at 06:14 and 07:41 UTC. Roughly 1 000 earthquakes have

October 01, 2013

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Small phreatic eruption at subglacial Kverkfjöll volcano, Iceland

A small phreatic eruption seems to have taken place on August 16, 2013 at the subglacial Kverkfjöll volcano, Iceland. The steam-driven explosion followed a small glacial flood on August 15. Aerial photo of the NE rim of the

August 17, 2013

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Iceland to resume disputed fin whale hunt in June

Iceland plans to resume its disputed commercial fin whale hunt in June with a quota of at least 154 giant mammals plus some 20% from last season possibly. Beside the second largest whale species (after the blue whale), Iceland also hunts a smaller minke

May 06, 2013

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Seismic activity increases at Hekla volcano, alert level raised

One of the Iceland's most active and hazardous volcano, Hekla volcano, is having unusual seismicity according to the report issued by Icelandic Meteorological Office. Given possibility of a new eruption, volcanic alert level has been raised to yellow and monitoring

March 28, 2013

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Iceland earthquake swarm, October 20 - 22, 2012

Icelandic Met Office is reporting 451 earthquakes since Saturday, October 20, 2012.Earthquake count: Magnitude less than 1 in all:  14 Magnitude 1 to 2 in all:  190 Magnitude 2 to 3 in all:  191 Magnitude more than 3 in all:  56 Total: 451Earthquake

October 22, 2012

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New mountain found on the ocean floor off the coast of Iceland

Multi-beam measurements on a mission of research vessel Arni Fridriksson earlier this summer revealed vast underwater mountain deep roots from the continental shelf of 120 nautical miles west of the peninsula. The unnamed mountain on the ocean floor off the west coast

August 13, 2012

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Iceland's massive volcano Katla appears to be on the brink of a major eruption

Large earthquake swarm  start in Katla volcano.  The largest earthquake so far according to the automatic SIL systems is a ML3.9 earthquake. Iceland's massive volcano Katla appears on the brink of a major eruption just days after officials confirmed they had

October 05, 2011

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Could Hurricane Katia reach Northern Europe

Tropical cyclones are formed mostly between 10 and 30 degrees north and south, but it happens sometimes that they make the trip north to us.According to longrange computer models, Katia could be the most powerful storm to hit the UK in over 300 years! One of the

September 07, 2011

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Volcano drilling team gets magma surprise at Iceland volcano

Geologists drilling an exploratory geothermal well into a volcano in Iceland got quite a surprise when the borehole filled with molten magma forcing the researchers to halt the drilling. However, the sudden appearance of the molten rock wasn't all bad,

February 16, 2011