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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

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Intense earthquake swarm contines at Tjörnes Fracture Zone, Iceland

An intense earthquake swarm started on June 19, 2020, off the coast of North Iceland, NE of Siglufjörður. By 08:19 UTC on June 26, the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) has located over 7 000 earthquakes. The swarm is taking place on the Tjörnes Fracture Zone...

June 26, 2020

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Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Iceland, ongoing intense earthquake swarm

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit near the coast of northern Iceland at 19:07 UTC on June 21, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.7 at a depth of 12 km (7.4 miles). The quake is a part of...

June 21, 2020

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Seismic activity increased around Grindavik, deformation data show new signs of inflation, Iceland

Seismic activity increased around Grindavík at the end of May 2020. Since then almost 2 500 earthquakes were registered, most of them below M1.0. The activity in the region has increased episodically since January this year due to deformation caused by...

June 17, 2020

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Grímsvötn volcano showing strong signs of impending eruption, Iceland

Iceland's Grímsvötn​ volcano is showing strong signs that an eruption might occur in the weeks or months ahead, the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) reports. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 2011 -- it was a large and powerful VEI 4...

June 15, 2020

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Seismic activity still ongoing on Reykjanes Peninsula but number of earthquakes has decreased significantly

Seismic activity is still ongoing on the Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland but the number of earthquakes has decreased significantly in recent weeks, IMO reported at 07:41 UTC on May 11, 2020. The current observations and the course of events over the last several months...

May 11, 2020

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Intense blizzard hits much of Iceland, nearly 1.5 m (5 feet) of snow in one day

Blizzard conditions were felt across much of Iceland over the weekend. Up to 1.5 m (5 feet) of snow fell in one day, engulfing residential areas and vehicles, while very strong winds up to 111 km/h (69 mph) and near-zero visibility were reported on the coast. In...

April 07, 2020


Evidence of a new magma deposit in Reykjanes peninsula, more than 6 000 earthquakes in 3 months, Iceland

Considerable seismic activity continues at the Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland, with more than 6 000 earthquakes manually checked since the beginning of the year. According to the Icelandic Met Office (IMO), this is the most intense activity ever recorded in the region...

April 07, 2020

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New inflation and associated uplift detected at Mt. Thorbjorn volcano, Iceland

The latest results of deformation around Mt. Thorbjorn volcano on the Reykjanes peninsula indicate that inflation causing an uplift in the area has started again, the Icelandic Met Office reported on March 19, 2020. The uplift is slower than in January but seems to...

March 20, 2020

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Mt. Thorbjorn volcano - Strong earthquake hits near Grindavik, the largest since 2013, Iceland

A strong earthquake registered by the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) as M5.2 hit 4.9 km (3 miles) NE of the city of Grindavik at 10:25 UTC on March 12, 2020. The quake struck at a depth of 6.1 km (3.8 miles) and was felt in large areas of SW-Iceland. More than 400...

March 13, 2020

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Earthquake activity near Mt. Thorbjorn significantly decreased, uplift no longer being observed, Iceland

Earthquake activity near Mount Thorbjorn has significantly decreased recently, the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) noted at 02:21 UTC on March 4, 2020. The office added that uplift is no longer being observed, which is likely due to the halt of magma inflow. Indications...

March 04, 2020

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IMO: Deadly gases measured, stay away from caves in Eldvörp area on the Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland

The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) is warning residents and tourists to temporarily stop exploring caves in the Eldvörp area on the Reykjanes Peninsula due to deadly gasses measured in a cave close to a parking lot. In their warning issued at 10:59 UTC on February...

February 21, 2020

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Massive North Atlantic cyclone challenging all-time intensity records, Iceland issues red weather alerts

A powerful North Atlantic cyclone forced the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) to issue a red weather alert for southern Iceland, in effect through the first half on February 14, 2020. Violent and dangerous wind gusts may exceed 200 km/h (124 mph) in some areas. Residents...

February 14, 2020


Decreased earthquake activity near Grindavik, magmatic intrusion just west of Mt. Thorbjorn, Iceland

Earthquake activity near Mt. Thorbjorn, Grindavik has decreased over the past 6 days, but small earthquakes are still being detected. Indications are that the crustal deformation pattern has changed, however, the uplift has slowed down. In total, the uplift is about...

February 11, 2020

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Earthquake swarm, uplift west of Mt. Thorbjorn volcano continues, Iceland

Earthquake swarm and uplift west of Mt. Thorbjorn, Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland continues on February 1, 2020. However, it is most likely that this activity will stop without any volcanism, the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) said. The last known eruption was during...

February 01, 2020

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Unusually rapid inflation detected beneath Mt. Thorbjorn, Aviation Color Code raised to Yellow, Iceland

According to the Icelandic Met Office (IMO), unusually rapid inflation has been detected at Mt. Thorbjorn on the Reykjanes Peninsula over the past few days, indicating a possible magma accumulation. In addition, an earthquake swarm has been ongoing during the same...

January 27, 2020

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Severe blizzard dumps up to 9 m (30 feet) of snow on parts of northern Iceland

Parts of Iceland were left blanketed in an unprecedented amount of snow reaching up to 9 m (30 feet) a week after heavy snowfall and hurricane-force gales struck the country on December 10, 2019. Several regions in the rural areas especially in the north experienced...

December 19, 2019

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More than 1 200 earthquakes detected on Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland

An earthquake swarm is ongoing at Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland since Sunday morning, December 15, 2019. Nine of the tremors measured between M3.0 and M3.7. There are no signs of volcanic tremor, according to the Icelandic Met Office. The swarm...

December 16, 2019