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Katla Volcano Iceland

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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Latest Katla Volcano News Headlines

International Business Times UK

Mýrdalsjökull Ice Cap: Iceland's Katla Volcano 'Due a Big Eruption'
International Business Times UK
A volcano sitting beneath Iceland's Mýrdalsjökull ice cap is due for a "big" eruption, Nasa has said. Satellite images showing Mýrdalsjökull reveal the ice cap has shrunk dramatically over the last 30 years, and experts believe this is a result of ...

Spectacular Rainbow Beaches with the World's Most Colorful Sand
Huffington Post
Vik Beach's deep-black-colored sand was created by hot lava from the Katla volcano flowing into the ocean. Once the hot lava hit the cold water, the lava shattered and turned into the dark sand that you see here today. Related: 10 Explosive Volcano ...

Images Show the Shrinking Ice Caps of Iceland (GIF) | The Weather Channel
The Weather Channel
The USGS reports that the brown bands in the ice shown on the Sept. 20, 2014, image are volcanic ash and other deposits from past eruptions that have become visible due to the ice caps shrinking. The Katla volcano that lies under the Mýrdalsjökull ice ...

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Colorado Public Radio

'Island on Fire:' the volcano the world can't afford to forget
Colorado Public Radio
As if that weren't enough, the volcano Katla erupted in the autumn of 1755, destroying much of the pastureland with ash fall and floodwaters. The weather improved slightly thereafter, but a smallpox outbreak ravaged the country in 1760, followed by ...

KREM.com (subscription)

Sea-Tac crew adopts newborn pups discovered on flight
KREM.com (subscription)
With no other options, the ground crew adopted the puppies. They all were given names after Iceland volcanoes: Hekla, Askja, Keilir and Katla. Icelandair posted photos and the story on its Facebook page. That has led to some strong opinions by commenters.

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Reykjavík Grapevine

Photos: Beneath Vatnajökull Glacier, A Paradise Of Sights
Reykjavík Grapevine
It's soon followed by the even bigger Mýrdalsjökull, an icecap that squats over the active volcano Katla, pouring forth its many glacier tongues to within just a few kilometres of the road. The twin glaciers tower above the rocks like snow citadels ...

Reykjavík Grapevine

Icelandair Staff Adopt Passenger's Puppies
Reykjavík Grapevine
The four puppies have been named after Icelandic volcanoes, Hekla, Askja, Keilir and Katla. Icelandair have explained on Facebook that laws prevent puppies from flying for at least two months after being born, which is why they did not follow mother ...


Iceland volcano continues to rumble, still threat of eruption
One of the more threatening volcanoes in Iceland is Katla, a large volcano just east of Eyjafjallajokull. It has a history of erupting about twice every 100 years. Its last eruption was in 1913. For Pedersen, Bardarbunga presents an opportunity to ...
Iceland's Bárðarbunga volcano: Europe could soon be under another giant ash ...Deutsche Welle
Is Iceland's next volcanic eruption about to happen?The Conversation UK
Chances of Eruption Increasing at Iceland VolcanoLiveScience.com
Tech Times -Ars Technica
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Crew Adopts Puppies Born on Icelandair Flight
The puppies were named Hekla, Askja, Keilir and Katla after four of the most important Icelandic volcanoes in the country. The airline has reassured everyone on Facebook that the puppies are being taken care of properly and that they will be given the ...

Photo Friday: Iceland's Black Sand Beaches
The 1918 subglacial Katla volcano eruption in southern Iceland formed the Mýrdalssandur glacial outwash plain. This plain, which covers hundreds of square kilometers, includes a number of striking black sand beaches, including a particularly well-known ...

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