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Katla volcano can be found under the south-eastern part of Icelands Myrdalsjokull icecap.

Katla volcano has a large ice covered caldera which is 9 miles in diameter and is the fourth largest Icelandic volcano at 220 square miles. Katla has erupted many times in the past, usually once in every 80 years. The last major Katla eruption was on the 12th of October 1918, the eruption lasted for 24 days.

Latest News: An Icelandic met office Katla news article states that in the early hours of 05 October 2011, an intense swarm of earthquakes registered in the Katla volcano caldera; the largest of these had a local magnitude of 3.9. There are no measurable signs that an eruption of Katla is imminent; however, given the high levels of earthquakes, the situation may change abruptly.


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Iceland volcano SHOCK: Katla volcano is releasing HUGE amounts of gas  Express.co.uk

HUGE amounts of potentially dangerous methane gas are being released from a glacier connected to Katla volcano - one of Iceland's most active volcanoes.


Volcanoes and glaciers combine as powerful methane producers  EurekAlert

Large amounts of the potent greenhouse gas methane are being released from an Icelandic glacier, scientists have discovered. A study of Sólheimajökull ...


Exception or Rule? The Case of Katla, One of Iceland's Subglacial Volcanoes  GlacierHub

A recent study about Katla, a subglacial volcano in Iceland, revealed that despite previous assumptions, Katla emits CO2 at a globally significant level.


No, the giant Katla volcano in Iceland isn't about to erupt  USA TODAY

Despite screaming headlines in the British tabloids and even the Sunday Times, there is no sign that Iceland's Katla volcano will erupt any time soon, scientists ...


Volcano earthquake report for Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Bardarbunga (1 quake mag 1.5), Clear Lake (14 quakes between mag 0.3-2.6), Coso (2 quakes between mag 0.8-1.1), Etna (2 quakes ...


Is Iceland's Katla Volcano Really About To Erupt?  IFLScience

You might have heard that Katla, an Icelandic volcano, is about to erupt and shut down European airspace in a way that would make the Eyjafjallajökull event in ...


Terrawatch: Katla volcano may erupt - but not just yet  The Guardian

Scientists are monitoring CO2 released by the Icelandic volcano, which may help predict an eruption more accurately.


Volcano earthquake report for Thursday, 6 Dec 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Askja (5 quakes between mag 0.2-2.3), Brennisteinsfjöll (1 quake mag 1.0), Clear Lake (4 quakes between mag 0.9-1.8), Coso (2 quakes ...


Icelandic Glacier And 'Gassy' Volcano Are Releasing A Surprising Amount Of Methane  IFLScience

One of Iceland's largest and most active volcanoes sits below a massive ice cap covering nearly 595 square kilometers (230 square miles) of the Arctic nati.


New study confirms monster volcano Katla is charging up for an eruption  Iceland Magazine

Katla, a giant volcano hidden beneath the ice cap of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, is busy filling its magma chambers, new research confirms. An eruption in Katla would ...


41,000 kg methane being released from this Icelandic glacier will change our future  India Today

Large amounts of the potent greenhouse gas methane are being released from an Icelandic glacier, scientists from Lancaster university have discovered.


Sunday Times apologize for Katla eruption story  Iceland Monitor

British newspaper The Sunday Times have apologized for their cover story of an imminent eruption in the Katla volcano in Iceland, a story that was factually ...


Glaciers and volcanoes combine to release large amounts of methane  Space Daily

Washington (UPI) Nov 20, 2018 - Volcanoes and glaciers can combine to form a surprisingly robust source of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.


One Icelandic glacier-volcano duo is emitting 20 times more methane than all other volcanoes in Europe  ZME Science

When glaciers fall to the dark side, methane happens.


Volcano earthquake report for Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Clear Lake (11 quakes between mag 0.3-2.6), Etna (2 quakes between mag 1.2-1.9), Hrómundartindur (9 quakes between mag 0.3-1.4), ...


Volcano earthquake report for Friday, 7 Dec 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Bardarbunga (4 quakes between mag 0.5-1.5), Clear Lake (14 quakes between mag 0.3-1.9), Gareloi (1 quake mag 1.3), Great Sitkin (1 ...


Iceland volcano eruption concerns, scientists disagree  IceNews

Katla volcano has been a point of interest in recent weeks due to the release of a scientific paper revealing how much carbon dioxide is being produced by the ...


Oh Yeah! 100 Years Ago Today, Iceland's Katla Erupted  Reykjavík Grapevine

It's time to celebrate. To be fair, it's always time to celebrate. But today it's time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the last major eruption of Iceland's beloved ...


How fake news about Katla volcano eruption could put lives at risk  Business Standard

The Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull made worldwide headlines in 2010 when it erupted ash that was blown towards Europe, so that air traffic was grounded ...


Sleeping giant volcano Katla trembles: Sharp earthquake swarm in caldera  Iceland Magazine

Katla, a giant volcano hidden beneath the ice cap of Mýrdalsjökull glacier in South Iceland, which towers over the town of Vík, has been relatively calm and quiet ...


The hidden talent of a dangerous Icelandic volcano  Nature.com

Katla, known for its frequent and explosive eruptions, produces more carbon dioxide than almost any other volcano on Earth.


Icelandic Glacier is Producing More Methane Than All European Volcanoes Combined  I4U News

New study says Solheimajokull glacier releases up to 41 tons of harmful methane gas every day during the summer months. Methane is a highly potent ...


Volcano earthquake report for Monday, 3 Dec 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Augustine (1 quake mag 2.1), Clear Lake (13 quakes between mag 0.4-2.2), Coso (3 quakes between mag 0.5-1.7), Don Joao de Castro ...


A Century of Sovereignty: Looking Back  IcelandReview

December 1, 1918. Dagurinn. The day. So, read the headline in newspaper Morgunblaðið on December 1, 1918 – the day Iceland gained sovereignty. Despite ...


Volcano earthquake report for Thursday, 22 Nov 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Clear Lake (10 quakes between mag 0.6-1.6), Coso (1 quake mag 1.2), Grímsnes (3 quakes between mag 0.6-1.2), Karangetang (1 ...


Volcano earthquake report for Saturday, 8 Dec 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Akyarlar (1 quake mag 1.6), Askja (2 quakes between mag 0.7-1.1), Bardarbunga (7 quakes between mag 0.5-1.7), Clear Lake (8 quakes ...


Volcano earthquake report for Friday, 23 Nov 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Akyarlar (1 quake mag 2.0), Bardarbunga (4 quakes between mag 0.6-1.7), Brennisteinsfjöll (1 quake mag 1.0), Clear Lake (10 quakes ...


Volcano earthquake report for Wednesday, 28 Nov 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Akyarlar (1 quake mag 1.5), Cerro Prieto (1 quake mag 1.4), Clear Lake (13 quakes between mag 0.8-2.3), Eyafjallajökull (1 quake mag ...


Hurricane Florence, Katla and the Mineral Cup: Geoscience 13-19 September 2018  Decoded Science

This week we look at two key connections between different parts of the Earth system -- how a hurricane appears on a seismogram, and how volcanoes ...


Volcanologist unhappy about Sunday Times Katla report  Iceland Monitor

Volcanologist Evgenia Ilyinskaya is very unhappy about a Sunday Times article which appeared this weekend titled "Giant Iceland Katla about to erupt."


Volcano earthquake report for Thursday, 29 Nov 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Amboy (1 quake mag 1.3), Bardarbunga (2 quakes between mag 0.9-1.2), Clear Lake (6 quakes between mag 0.4-1.9), Coso (11 quakes ...


Concentrations of sulfuric gas near Sólheimajökull in S. Iceland, poses threat  Iceland Magazine

Hikers and scientists have in recent days detected strong sulfuric smell emanating from Sólheimajökull glacier and around Jökulsá á Sólheimasandi river in ...


Volcano earthquake report for Wednesday, 21 Nov 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Bardarbunga (4 quakes between mag 0.1-1.5), Clear Lake (8 quakes between mag 0.5-1.6), Great Sitkin (3 quakes between mag ...


Volcano erupts in Indonesia days after devastating earthquake and tsunami  USA TODAY

The eruption of Mount Soputan on Indonesia's Sulawesi island just days after a devastating earthquake and tsunami prompted authorities to warn of possible ...


We don't know one way or another if Katla is preparing to erupt, geophysicist argues  Iceland Magazine

It is too early to say whether the enormous CO2 emissions from the monster volcano Katla are an indication of an imminent eruption, a geophysicist at the ...


Volcano earthquake report for Saturday, 24 Nov 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Akyarlar (2 quakes between mag 2.6-2.7), Brennisteinsfjöll (19 quakes between mag 0.1-3.3), Buzzard Creek (1 quake mag 2.2), Clear ...


Heard A Volcano Is About To Erupt? You Should Read This First  Forbes

Mt Agung going through an effusive type eruption on full moon night, here backlit by the setting moon and front lit by the first rays of the sunrise.


Iceland's Katla volcano rumbles – but is she ready to blow?  The Guardian

Terrawatch One of Iceland's largest volcanoes is in the habit of erupting every 50 years or so, but has been quiet since 1918. Now she is rumbling in her ...


Icelandic Volcano Accused of Causing the Worst Year in History  Guide to Iceland Now

Harvard historian, Michael McCormick, asserts that the year 536 AD was the worst year to be alive in human history, and the catalyst for a century-long spell of ...


Katla Volcano, the Evil Sorceress | Folklore in Iceland  Guide to Iceland Now

Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull are enormous glaciers on Iceland's South Coast; they're thought to be sisters of one another. Mýrdalsjökull, however, covers ...


100 Years Since Katla’s Last Eruption—Iceland’s Most Feared Volcano is Long Overdue  Guide to Iceland Now

Situated under south Iceland's Mýrdalsjökull glacier, Katla is among the world's fiercest and most active volcanos. Of all the volcanoes in Iceland, this is the one ...


New Icelandic volcanic threat to Irish air travel is fake news  IrishCentral

The potential eruption of Icelandic volcano Katla and its effect on Irish air travel is erroneously being likened to the 2010 eruption of other Icelandic volcano ...


Long-term magmatic evolution reveals the beginning of a new caldera cycle at Campi Flegrei  Science Advances

Understanding the mechanisms that control the accumulation of large silicic magma bodies in the upper crust is key to determining the potential of volcanoes to ...


Volcano earthquake report for Tuesday, 27 Nov 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Arenal (1 quake mag 2.7), Bardarbunga (3 quakes between mag 0.1-1.1), Clear Lake (7 quakes between mag 0.4-1.4), Etna (2 quakes ...


The scientists said anomalous zones on our planet  The Siver Week

Geothermal springs create ideal conditions for bacteria to grow, closing them eternal ice. For example, released in Siberia, the methane can raise global ...


The third major volcano of Vatnajökull stirs: Sharp tremors in Grímsvötn volcano  Iceland Magazine

Vatnajökull glacier, the largest glacier in Iceland and Europe, hides five or six active volcanoes. In addition to Bárðarbunga and Öræfajökull, which have been ...


Cluster of Big Earthquakes Rattles Iceland's Katla Volcano  WIRED

Some of the largest earthquakes in almost 40 years rocked Katla overnight, but an eruption doesn't seem to be in the works soon.


Tourists are flocking to volcano that's due for a massive eruption  New York Post

VIK, Iceland — Sneeze next to the Katla volcano, goes the joke in this Icelandic village, and a seismologist in Reykjavik will analyze the disturbance. After...


Volcano in Iceland Is One of the Largest Sources of Volcanic CO2  Eos

High-precision airborne measurements, in combination with atmospheric modeling, suggest that the Katla subglacial caldera may be one of the planet's biggest ...


The Real Lava Experience: A Visit To Vík's Brand New Icelandic Lava Show  Reykjavík Grapevine

This September, almost 100 years after Katla's last eruption, a particularly volcanic piece of history is brought back to life. Fittingly located in the middle of the ...


A massive volcanic eruption spurred Iceland to convert to Christianity  Quartz

Researchers have recently been able to piece together details that could help tell the story of how a massive volcanic eruption in 939 CE shifted culture and ...


Iceland on high alert with volcano due to erupt  CBS News

When Katla erupts, it won't be fire but flood waters that will engulf the valley below it.


Watching Katla: How Icelanders are planning for the next big volcanic eruption  National Post

By Egill Bjarnason. Sneeze next to the Katla volcano, goes the joke in this Icelandic village, and a seismologist in Reykjavik will analyze the disturbance.


Earthquake points to continuing seismic activity in Öræfajökull  Iceland Monitor

Three earthquakes have occurred in the last 36 hours in South East Iceland. Two of them in Bárðarbunga and one in Öræfajökull of a magnitude just over 3.0.


Earthquakes in Katla volcano not a sign of eruption  Iceland Monitor

There are no signs of Katla erupting,” says Sigríður Magnea Óskarsdóttir of the Iceland Met Office. A series of earthquakes occurred in Katla, one of Iceland's ...


Living under one of Iceland's most dangerous volcanoes, as it starts rumbling  ABC News

For people living in the tiny town of Vik, in the shadow of one of Iceland's biggest volcanoes, the threat of an long-overdue violent eruption is part of normal life.


When will she blow? Iceland's vicious Katla volcano rumbles  Iceland Monitor

Two earthquakes of magnitude 3.2 occurred in the Katla caldera in Mýrdalsjökull glacier around 4:00 AM this morning. Ten smaller earthquakes followed.


Earthquake Swarm at Iceland's Katla Volcano Raises Alert Status to Yellow  WIRED

A new earthquake swarm at Iceland's Katla has become intense enough for officials to raise the alert status at the ice-capped volcano.


Breaking: Clear signs of unrest in Öræfajökull volcano  Iceland Monitor

The Department of Civil and Emergency Management in Iceland have issued a new status for Öræfajökull volcano saying that it shows clear signs of unrest.


Volcano Watch: A Closer Look At Katla  Reykjavík Grapevine

Hvolsvöllur is a sleepy village in south Iceland, between Hella and Seljalandsfoss. It's a somewhat forgettable, blink-and-you'll-miss-it settlement of just a few ...


Earthquake in Iceland's Katla volcano  Iceland Monitor

An earthquake of magnitude 3,5 took place in the Katla volcano in South Iceland at 7:09 this morning. The earthquake originated in the west side of the volcano's ...


Earthquakes and tremors continue around notorious volcano Katla  IceNews

The pass few days have seen a few tremors around Katla volcano, but yesterday they reached over a 3 in magnitude or up to 3.6.


Is Katla crying wolf? Icelandic volcano's rumblings don't mean airspace chaos is imminent  The Conversation UK

There have been rumblings in Iceland recently. But given its position in the North Atlantic, this is perhaps no surprise. The location makes the country a notorious ...


Katla volcano (Iceland) - CURRENT ACTIVITY - Increasing number of earthquakes ?  VolcanoDiscovery

Over the past days, seismic activity under the large ice-covered volcano has increased. It seems likely that at least some of this activity is caused by injections of ...


Iceland's geography- a volatile mixture of volcanic and seismic activity  Iceland Monitor

Formed roughly 25 million years ago, Iceland is situated where two of the world's biggest tectonic plates, the Eurasian and North American, literally pull apart in ...


Volcano earthquake report for Monday, 24 Sep 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Bardarbunga (3 quakes between mag 1.1-1.6), Clear Lake (16 quakes between mag 0.2-1.8), Etna (1 quake mag 1.4), Katla (3 quakes ...


A Photographic Tour Of Some Of Iceland's Most Beautiful Volcanoes  Forbes

I absolutely adore snow and ice. I'm fascinated with these curious characteristics of nature in much the way people love Instagramming their food: it borders on ...


Öræfajökull Volcano: Will It Or Won't It Erupt?  Reykjavík Grapevine

Speculation has been swirling about the glacier-covered volcano in southeast Iceland, but the activity of volcanoes is notoriously difficult to predict.


Hawaii and Guatemala aren’t the only tourist destinations with active volcanoes  MarketWatch

On any given day, roughly 20 volcanoes are actively erupting.


Unrest in Katla volcano prompts caution – Authorities worry about tourists in the area  IceNews

Keeping a close watch on the recent seismic unrest in Katla volcano, situated under the Myrdalsjokull icecap, concern for tourists' safety.


Volcanoes Get a Kick from Climate Change  Hakai Magazine

Melting ice will make volcanic eruptions more frequent—and more dangerous.


No, Iceland's volcano is not about to erupt, says country's Met Office  Telegraph.co.uk

The Icelandic Met Office has moved to quell fears that European air space is at risk from an imminent volcanic eruption. The country's weather forecasters ...


Katla: Iceland's most notorious volcano is kept under close surveillance  Iceland Magazine

When Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted explosively in 2010, it shut down all aviation across the North Atlantic for one week. The dispersal of the ash cloud led to ...


Volcano earthquake report for Saturday, 25 Aug 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Askja (3 quakes between mag 0.1-1.4), Cerro Prieto (1 quake mag 2.3), Clear Lake (10 quakes between mag 0.6-1.3), Coso (1 quake ...


Increased odds of an eruption in Iceland's Katla volcano  Iceland Monitor

An earthquake of magnitude 4,3 took place in the Katla volcano in South Iceland yesterday. It originated in the middle of the caldera underneath Mýrdalsjökull ...


Volcano earthquake report for Friday, 13 Jul 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Bardarbunga (2 quakes between mag 1.4-1.9), Clear Lake (14 quakes between mag 0.4-2.0), Geysir (2 quakes between mag 1.0-1.1), ...


6 Interesting Facts About Iceland’s Glaciers  Guide to Iceland Now

The glaciers of Iceland continually attract visitors from around the world, but aside from their scale and beauty, what makes these spectacular natural features so ...


This Is The Science Behind Jökulhlaups - A Curiously Wet Volcanic Hazard  Forbes

Jökulhlaups are flash floods, or glacial outbursts, often triggered by volcanic eruptions. So how do they form, and why are they so dangerous?


Katla, Iceland's most powerful volcano moved to yellow alert  Iceland Monitor

Following tremors last night at Katla in South Iceland and a glacial river flood in Múlakvísl, the Icelandic Met Office has raised the status of the famous volcano on ...


Volcano earthquake report for Wednesday, 29 Aug 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Agua de Pau (1 quake mag 2.4), Bardarbunga (2 quakes between mag 0.7-1.1), Clear Lake (12 quakes between mag 0.7-2.1), Etna (2 ...


Volcano earthquake report for Tuesday, 7 Aug 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Bardarbunga (4 quakes between mag 0.9-2.1), Clear Lake (17 quakes between mag 0.5-2.2), Coso (2 quakes between mag 0.5-1.6), ...


Ask the expert: Why are there so many earthquakes in Iceland  Iceland Magazine

In an average week Iceland's national seismic monitoring network detects around 500 earthquakes, thousands if there's an seismic episodes in any of the active ...


Öræfajökull Glacier Volcano Rumbling  Guide to Iceland Now

Several earthquakes have been recorded at Bárðarbunga on the Öræfajökull glacier volcano in the last few days. On Oct. 1, two quakes were recorded.


Iceland's Largest Volcano Bardarbunga May Be Ready to Erupt  National Geographic

The earthquakes are a telltale sign that pressure is building up in the Bárðarbunga volcano system, triggering an eruption down the line.


Sharp earthquake off the coast of N. Iceland: Felt clearly in nearby towns, villages  Iceland Magazine

A sharp 3.7 magnitude earthquake was detected shortly after nine yesterday evening. The powerful tremor was followed by a swarm of about two dozen smaller ...


Volcano earthquake report for Thursday, 2 Aug 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Bam (1 quake mag 4.9), Clear Lake (6 quakes between mag 0.3-1.7), El Hierro (2 quakes between mag 2.2-2.5), Etna (3 quakes ...


Which Volcanoes Are Most Overdue for Eruption?  Gizmodo

The recent volcanic eruptions in Hawaii and Guatemala are potent reminders that our planet is capable of unleashing its pent up fury at virtually any given time.


Why the constant earthquakes? Iceland is slowly being torn apart  Iceland Magazine

In an average week Iceland's national monitoring seismic network detects around 500 earthquakes. If one of the volcanoes is hit by an earthquake swarm this ...


Earthquake at Katla No Cause for Concern  IcelandReview

An earthquake at Katla volcano yesterday night does not indicate a pending volcanic eruption.


A decade after financial collapse, Iceland faces a new crisis  National Post

Just as Iceland looks back at a decade of recovery since its financial and economic collapse, the north Atlantic island is once again grappling with an existential ...


Earth's most volcanic places  Cosmos

Some countries are famous for images of spewing lava and mountainous destruction. However, appearances can be deceiving. Not all volcanoes are the same, ...


Possible Katla Eruption in 2011  IcelandReview

Geologist Páll Einarsson believes that the volcano Katla could have already erupted in 2011, causing the flood that swept Múlakvísl bridge away. Vísir reports.


Watching Katla: Icelanders plan for next volcanic eruption  Yahoo News UK

VIK, Iceland (AP) — Sneeze next to the Katla volcano, goes the joke in this Icelandic village, and a seismologist in Reykjavik will analyze the disturbance.


Can't Guarantee Volcano Evacuation Warnings  Reykjavík Grapevine

Regulation of Post and Telecommunication (RPT) in Iceland has announced that they cannot guarantee timely evacuation messages in the event of an eruption ...


Eruptions Word of the Day: Tuya  ScienceBlogs

The latest Eruptions Word of the Day is "Tuya". So, what is a tuya? This is a tuya:


Volcano earthquake report for Sunday, 10 Jun 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Akyarlar (1 quake mag 2.0), Cabalian (3 quakes between mag 2.8-3.6), Clear Lake (9 quakes between mag 0.4-2.2), Fourpeaked (1 ...


Folklore: The Troll in Eyjafjallajokull Volcano  Guide to Iceland Now

The glacier volcano Eyjafjallajökull became notorious in 2010 after a sudden and violent eruption, causing havoc to European air traffic and stumping television ...


New Icelandic volcano eruption could have global impact  BBC News

Hundreds of metres under one of Iceland's largest glaciers there are signs of a looming volcanic eruption that could be one of the most powerful the country has ...


Volcano earthquake report for Monday, 17 Sep 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Batur (1 quake mag 3.7), Brennisteinsfjöll (3 quakes between mag 0.3-1.1), Clear Lake (5 quakes between mag 0.7-1.8), Coso (1 quake ...


Volcano earthquake report for Monday, 1 Oct 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Akyarlar (2 quakes between mag 1.2-1.4), Apo (1 quake mag 2.7), Askja (2 quakes between mag 0.7-1.0), Bardarbunga (2 quakes ...









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