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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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Katla Quakes Stop
The swarm of earthquakes under the infamous Katla volcano, which had been worrying scientists this week, appears to have all but stopped. No earthquakes at all were measured in the area overnight, while the night before saw a quake of magnitude 3.3, ...

Iceland Monitor

Katla hit by series of tremors
Iceland Monitor
Katla sees this type of seismic cycle from time to time – on average 1-3 times a year,” says the Met Office. “We are monitoring the area closely and will keep everybody informed of any changes. At the moment, things appear to have quietened down.”.


Martian chronicled: By Raman
Seven samples of Icelandic volcanic fragments, tephra, from the Katla volcano and Eldgjá, have been analysed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) as a proxy for Martian rocks to show how a ...

Discovering southern Iceland
Deep below Myrdalsjökull's vast icecap lies Katla, an active volcano, prompting me to ask, "What happens when the volcano grumbles?" Iceland, the land of intense contrasts, has shown me her black and white beauty, fire and ice geology, and ancient ...

12 Volcanoes Around the World That Could Erupt At Any Time | The Weather Channel
The Weather Channel
Photograph of Katla volcano erupting through Mýrdalsjökull ice cap in 1918. This eruption deposited a huge volume of tephra on the ice cap and surrounding landscape, and unleashed a catastrophic flood of melted water and sediment over Mýrdalssandur.

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AEV Ram Prospector First Drive
Autoblog (blog)
Honestly, the trails that rise above Southern California's Rowher Flats aren't much of a challenge. You can still get yourself hurt if you do something stupid, but the trails are mostly hard-packed dirt with some rocks strewn about. No boulder crawling ...


How to Keep Things Hot at Yellowstone and Katla: Just Add Water
First, Katla in Iceland produced some glacial flooding (jökulhlaups) that followed some earthquakes. Second, over at everyone's favorite caldera, Yellowstone, there has been a lot of buzz over roads melting due to heat from the volcano. Now, as odd as ...


Katla volcano update: increased earthquake activity, uncertainty level declared
Earthquakes have been more frequent recently under the volcano recently. Most of them were small (below mag. 3) and shallow events. It is unknown whether these relate to magmatic movements inside the volcano, increased hydrothermal activity or are ...
Experts: Katla Not Erupting But Stay AwayReykjavík Grapevine
Small Glacial Outburst Flood in South IcelandIcelandReview

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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 ...

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Jul 2014: Katla, Santiaguito, Fuego, Sakurajima ...
Santiaguito (Guatemala): Activity seems to have been a bit higher today, as the report of INSIVUMEH's volcano observatory suggests. A moderate explosion was observed this morning, causing light ash fall towards the SW in the area of Finca El Rosario ...

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