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Latest Volcanoes of Iceland Stories

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2011-07-07 10:25:00

One of Iceland's most active and most feared volcanoes looks like is getting ready to erupt, with measurements indicating magma movement, according to Icelandic experts on Wednesday, raising fears of a new ash cloud disrupting air traffic in Europe and abroad. The Hekla volcano, dubbed by Icelanders in the Middle Ages as the "Gateway to Hell," has erupted some 20 times over the past 1000 years, with the most recent eruption occurring on February 26, 2000. Hekla is close to the ash-spewing...

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2011-05-24 09:18:33

As Iceland's Grímsvötn volcano spews ash high into the atmosphere, satellite observations are providing essential information to advisory centers assessing the possible hazards to aviation. The Grímsvötn volcano in southeast Iceland, which had been dormant since 2004, started erupting in the evening of 21 May. As a consequence, the country's airspace has been closed. Memories are still fresh of the chaos caused by the Eyjafjallajoekull eruption...

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2011-05-23 06:05:00

After lying dormant underneath a glacier since 2004, a volcano in Iceland began spewing steam, ash and smoke into the upper atmosphere on Sunday. Despite the impressive show, this eruption is less likely to endanger air traffic as a similar eruption last did last year. Closing the main airport in the country as a precaution, pilots were warned to steer clear of Iceland as areas close to the Grimsvotn (GREEMSH-votn) volcano were plunged into darkness. Scientists, however, explain that another...

2011-02-17 21:45:39

When a team of scientists drilling near an Icelandic volcano hit magma in 2009, they had to abandon their planned experiments on geothermal energy. But the mishap could point the way to an alternative source of geothermal power. "Because we drilled into magma, this borehole could now be a really high-quality geothermal well," said Peter Schiffmann, professor of geology at UC Davis and a member of the research team along with fellow UC Davis geology professor Robert Zierenberg and UC Davis...

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2010-11-01 13:20:00

Scientists said Monday that torrents of water are pouring from a glacier that sits on Iceland's most active volcano, which indicates that the mountain is growing hotter and may be erupting soon. University of Iceland geophysicist Pall Einarsson told the Associated Press (AP) on Monday that the flood which started Thursday at the Grimsvotn volcano is similar to the one in 2004 that lasted five days and ended with an eruption that disrupted European air traffic. Millions of air travelers...

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2010-09-17 06:30:00

Experts say that another volcanic eruption on Iceland could happen again soon, but will likely cause much less chaos than the one that caused air traffic to shutdown earlier this year. The Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which began erupting on April 14, spewed enough ash into the atmosphere to cause the largest-scale European airspace shutdown since World War II. University of Iceland geologist Armann Hoskuldsson told an international conference in Keflavik that the event "was very unusual."...

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2010-05-11 07:13:05

Although the Eyjafjoell volcano in Iceland has continued to erupt since April 14, it is spewing far less ash than last week when it caused new interruptions to flights throughout Europe, according to a geologist on Monday. The volcano was responsible for the massive shutdown in flights across Europe last month, the likes of which have not been seen since World War II. The shutdown affected more than 100,000 flights and eight million passengers over a week. Last Thursday, a secondary...

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2010-04-25 13:09:40

High-resolution visible and thermal infrared images captured by a joint NASA-Japanese satellite sensor and compiled by University of Pittsburgh volcanologist Michael Ramsey provide the first clear glimpse of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull that disrupted air travel worldwide after it began erupting April 14. Ramsey, an associate professor in Pitt's Department of Geology and Planetary Science, collected images taken by NASA's Earth-orbiting Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission...

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2010-04-24 07:25:00

More than four million Internet users from 150 countries are watching the Iceland volcano eruptions via webcams transmitting the activity live online. The webcams have been transmitting the feed since the volcano began erupting on April 14, according to the site administrator. The figure is a record for an Icelandic website, the administrator said; adding that numerous international sites that posted the http://eldgos.mila.is (http://mila.is/english/) link to the webcams have boosted...

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2010-04-22 11:15:00

Despite strong tremors in the area, much less ash and smoke were rising from the Iceland volcano that crippled European air travel for much of the past week. Meanwhile, skies started to clear in Europe, which led to a rare sighting of blue skies in countries where such sights are usually obstructed by airplane exhaust fumes, according to Associated Press (AP) writers Joji Sakurai and Karl Ritter. "Just as city lights make it necessary for us to go to the desert to appreciate the true glitter...


Latest Volcanoes of Iceland Reference Libraries

Askja
2014-04-09 16:13:20

Askja is an active stratovolcano that is located in the isolated central highlands in Iceland. It reaches an elevation of 4,974 feet and its name literally means caldera, or box, in the Icelandic language. The area can only be reached during a period of a few months and because it located in the rain shadow of the Vatnajökull glacier to the northeast, it only receives 17.7 inches of rain per year. One of Askja’s smaller craters holds a lake known as Öskjuvatn, which is often frozen over...

Hekla
2014-04-08 13:19:59

Hekla is an active stratovolcano that is located southern Iceland and is part of a volcanic ridge that extends over an area of twenty-five miles. This volcano reaches an elevation of 4,882 feet and holds a unique shape that is a mixture of a stratovolcano and crater row, a trait that is found in very few volcanoes. Its name is translated as “hooded” but it also refers to a hooded cloak, so it is thought that the name could be inspired by the cloud cover that often occurs around the...

Eyjafjallajökull
2014-04-08 13:12:23

Eyjafjallajökull is an active stratovolcano that is located in Iceland and is covered by an icecap. It reaches an elevation of 5,417 feet and the ice cap covers an area of thirty-nine square miles. This volcano sits on a magma chamber that is powered by the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and is comprised of andesite and basaltic lavas. The long name of this volcano is a combination of Icelandic words that mean “islands,” “mountains,” and “icecaps.” Although most of its eruptions are...

Eldfell
2014-04-08 12:54:37

Eldfell is an active stratovolcano that is located in Iceland on the island of Heimaey, in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. It reaches an elevation of 656 feet and was created during a volcanic eruption on the east side of the island in 1973. Its name means Mountain of Fire in the Icelandic language. Iceland is an area with a high frequency of volcanic activity because it is located on top of the Iceland hotspot and beside the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. So many eruptions occur here that it is thought...

Grímsvötn
2014-04-08 12:39:42

Grímsvötn is an active subglacial volcano that is located in southeast highlands of Iceland. This volcano reaches an elevation of 5,659 feet and is located in the northwestern side of the Vatnajökull ice-cap. It is comprised of basaltic lava and has the highest frequency of eruptions of any volcano in Iceland. The majority of this volcano resides under Vatnajökull, so its eruptions are primarily subglacial and often cause phreatomagmatic explosions. Grímsvötn produced an eruption in...

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