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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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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 ...


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.


Katla volcano eruption: Scientists warn huge Iceland volcano is about to erupt, and it could even dwarf 2010 ash cloud  Evening Standard

Scientists have warned that a huge volcano in Iceland is about to erupt, dwarfing the explosion that disrupted air travel across the world eight years ago. Katla ...


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 ...


Volcano earthquake report for Thursday, 21 Feb 2019  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Akyarlar (1 quake mag 1.6), Bardarbunga (3 quakes between mag 0.7-1.1), Clear Lake (16 quakes between mag 0.3-1.9), Coso (5 ...


The Volcanoes That Altered Art And Society  Science Friday

Volcanoes have a long and storied history of altering the course of art and human culture.


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.


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 ...


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.


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 ...


Volcano earthquake report for Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Akyarlar (1 quake mag 2.2), Askja (2 quakes between mag 0.4-1.1), Brennisteinsfjöll (2 quakes between mag 0.5-1.6), Clear Lake (17 ...


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 ...


Volcano earthquake report for Friday, 15 Feb 2019  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Brennisteinsfjöll (9 quakes between mag 0.1-1.4), Clear Lake (29 quakes between mag 0.3-2.8), Coso (2 quakes between mag 0.6-1.3), ...


Volcano earthquake report for Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Akyarlar (1 quake mag 1.9), Clear Lake (7 quakes between mag 1.0-2.4), Grensdalur (1 quake mag 1.2), Grímsvötn (1 quake mag 1.2), ...


Volcano earthquake report for Wednesday, 23 Jan 2019  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Agua de Pau (1 quake mag 1.8), Clear Lake (14 quakes between mag 0.4-1.6), Etna (1 quake mag 1.6), Grensdalur (3 quakes between ...


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 ...


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.


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 ...


Volcano earthquake report for Sunday, 27 Jan 2019  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Akyarlar (1 quake mag 2.3), Bardarbunga (2 quakes between mag 1.1-1.1), Brennisteinsfjöll (1 quake mag 2.3), Cerro Prieto (1 quake ...


Volcano earthquake report for Friday, 25 Jan 2019  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Clear Lake (4 quakes between mag 0.4-1.4), El Hierro (1 quake mag 2.1), Etna (1 quake mag 1.8), Kilauea (6 quakes between mag ...


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 ...


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 ...


Volcano earthquake report for Wednesday, 30 Jan 2019  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Bardarbunga (8 quakes between mag 0.7-1.2), Buzzard Creek (1 quake mag 1.2), Clear Lake (10 quakes between mag 0.3-1.4), Coso (1 ...


Reports of a volcanic eruption in Iceland are fake news at its worst  Quartz

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


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 Friday, 1 Feb 2019  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Bardarbunga (1 quake mag 1.0), Clear Lake (11 quakes between mag 0.7-1.9), Coso (4 quakes between mag 0.3-1.5), Daikoku (1 quake ...


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 ...


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 ...



Volcano earthquake report for Saturday, 26 Jan 2019  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Buzzard Creek (1 quake mag 1.4), Clear Lake (4 quakes between mag 0.8-1.2), Etna (1 quake mag 1.8), Grímsvötn (2 quakes between ...


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 ...


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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 ...


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."


On the edge – is thrill-seeking tourism really worth the risk?  Geographical

New research, published today in the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) journal Geo: Geography and the Environment, reveals the dangers that ...


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...


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.


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.


Volcanoes in Iceland | TRIVIA QUIZ  Guide to Iceland Now

Iceland is one of the most volcanically active countries on earth, its high level of activity a consequence of sitting upon a hotspot known as a deep mantle plume.


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.


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

Katla last erupted in 1918. Never before in recorded history, dating back to the 12th century, have 99 years passed without an eruption from the volcano.


25 Cities That Could Be Buried By Lava At Any Moment  TheTravel

When Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, the results were catastrophic. The cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii were buried by flowing rivers of lava. Although it ...


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 ...


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.


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.


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.


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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 ...


Ring of Fire eruption 2019: Which Ring of Fire volcanoes will BLOW in 2019?  Express.co.uk

VOLCANIC activity was high in 2018 with dozens around the globe spewing ash, lava and toxic gases into the air. But which Ring of Fire volcanoes will erupt in ...


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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.


Volcano earthquake report for Friday, 18 Jan 2019  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Askja (5 quakes between mag 0.3-1.1), Bardarbunga (2 quakes between mag 0.1-1.6), Clear Lake (4 quakes between mag 1.2-2.1), Etna ...


Glaciers and volcanoes combine to release large amounts of methane  UPI News

Volcanoes and glaciers can combine to form a surprisingly robust source of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.


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 ...


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

While the devastating volcanic eruptions that have hit Hawaii's Big Island and Guatemala in the past month may seem like rare events, eruptions are more ...


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 ...


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 Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Amiata (1 quake mag 1.1), Brennisteinsfjöll (2 quakes between mag 0.5-1.5), Clear Lake (13 quakes between mag 0.3-2.3), El Hierro (1 ...


Authorities worry it will be impossible to warn travellers in time in case of Katla eruption  Iceland Magazine

Authorities fear it would be impossible to ensure that all travellers in the vicinity of the monster volcano Katla will receive emergency alerts in the case of an ...


Volcano earthquake report for Sunday, 13 Jan 2019  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Askja (2 quakes between mag 0.5-1.3), Clear Lake (7 quakes between mag 0.8-1.8), Etna (11 quakes between mag 1.5-2.4), Grímsvötn ...


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 ...


Mysterious Sulphur Smell Gathering At Sólheimajökull  Reykjavík Grapevine

A strong odour of sulphur has been gathering at Sólheimajökull, but there is no clear answer regarding a possible cause for the stench.


Why Iceland’s Tourism Boom May Finally Be Over  Skift

Tourism grew to one-third of Iceland's economy in 2015, boosting the country's dependency on the sector. But things are likely changing, and it's unclear what ...


Increased Risk of Katla Eruption  IcelandReview

Travel *service* companies are encouraged to reinforce their contingency plans, due to an increased risk of eruption in Katla volcano, mbl.is reports. The South ...


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 ...


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 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), ...


Volcano earthquake report for Saturday, 5 Jan 2019  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Cerro Prieto (1 quake mag 2.4), Clear Lake (4 quakes between mag 1.1-1.4), Cofre de Perote (1 quake mag 4.3), Coso (2 quakes ...


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 ...


Volcano earthquake report for Tuesday, 8 Jan 2019  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Askja (6 quakes between mag 0.5-1.2), Cerro Prieto (1 quake mag 1.8), Clear Lake (1 quake mag 1.0), Coso (2 quakes between mag ...


Three British tourists including child killed in car crash in Iceland  The Guardian

Four others injured after 4x4 drove through barrier on bridge at Skeiðarársandur.


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.


Crustal movements due to Iceland's shrinking ice caps mimic magma inflow signal at Katla volcano  Nature.com

Many volcanic systems around the world are located beneath, or in close proximity to, ice caps. Mass change of these ice caps causes surface movements, ...


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.


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.


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 ...


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

This is what Iceland's most visually resplendent volcanic features look like.


Volcano earthquake report for Thursday, 25 Oct 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Buzzard Creek (1 quake mag 1.6), Clear Lake (12 quakes between mag 0.3-1.6), Coso (3 quakes between mag 0.3-1.2), Hengill (1 ...


All of Iceland's major volcanoes showing unusually high levels of activity  Iceland Magazine

Growing seismic activity in the major volcanic systems of Iceland has put scientists and civil protection authorities on alert. While there are no signs of immediate ...


Bezymianny Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: ERUPTION AT 20190120/1908Z FL200 EXTD WNW REPORTED OBS VA DTG: 20/2050Z  VolcanoDiscovery

Bezymianny volcano (Kamchatka) eruption news and activity updates / VolcanoDiscovery.


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, ...


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 ...


Mayon volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: ERUPTION FL090 EXTD SW REPORTED AT 20181218/0902Z OBS VA DTG: 18/0900Z  VolcanoDiscovery

news about the erupting mayon volcano / VolcanoDiscovery.


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 ...


Can the language of the Vikings fight off the invasion of English?  The Guardian

“Coffee and kleina,” reads a large sign at a roadside coffee shop by one of the main roads in Reykjavik. Not so many years ago, such a billboard would simply ...


Volcanic Apocalypse Now: The Ever Present Risk Of Death  Reykjavík Grapevine

It is the stuff of nightmares—or movies starring Pierce Brosnan and Tommy Lee Jones—but it's also a reality people living in Iceland face: the ever present ...


Iceland car crash: relatives speak of shock at deaths of women and baby girl  The Guardian

Relatives of two British sisters-in-law and a baby girl who were killed in a crash in Iceland have spoken of their deep sadness over the incident, in which four ...


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 ...


Öraefajökull volcano (Iceland): continuing seismic unrest cause worries about potential reawakening  VolcanoDiscovery

The volcano is continuing to show signs of unrest. Over the past months, elevated numbers of small earthquakes have continued to occur beneath the ...









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