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

New research reveals the dangers that thrill-seeking tourists are exposing themselves to, in the name of experiencing a live volcanic eruption.


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 Friday, 18 Jan 2019  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Askja (8 quakes between mag 0.2-1.1), Bardarbunga (1 quake mag 1.5), Clear Lake (2 quakes between mag 1.2-1.7), Eyafjallajökull (2 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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.


Volcano earthquake report for Thursday, 17 Jan 2019  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Agua de Pau (1 quake mag 2.7), Amiata (1 quake mag 1.6), Bardarbunga (1 quake mag 1.0), Clear Lake (3 quakes between mag ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 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 ...


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 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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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."


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.


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.


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 ...


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...


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.


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.


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.


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 ...


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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 ...


Electric Dreams: Genre-Free Living & DJ/VJ Katerina's Search For The New & Weird  Reykjavík Grapevine

“I'm constantly in search of something new, hyper-real and weird,” says Katerina Blahutova—nicknamed Katla—a multidisciplinary designer and DJ/VJ from ...


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.


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 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 ...


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

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


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 ...


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 ...


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.


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.


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.


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 ...


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.


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), ...


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.


Volcanoes Get a Kick from Climate Change  Hakai Magazine

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


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), ...


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, ...


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 ...


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.


Danish research on Vikings and volcanoes: eruptions connected to a tale about the end of the world  Iceland Magazine

There are conflicting viewpoints concerning the native Icelandic Vikings and their relationship with the volcanoes that frequent Iceland's rocky terrain. A new ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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, 25 Jun 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Clear Lake (15 quakes between mag 0.4-2.2), Coso (4 quakes between mag 0.7-1.7), Etna (2 quakes between mag 2.1-2.3), Grímsnes (2 ...


Volcano WARNING: THESE volcanoes are most ‘OVERDUE’ for eruption and pose greatest threat  Express.co.uk

Volcanic eruptions are nearly impossible to predict, but scientists are able to estimate which volcanoes are more “overdue” than others based on their eruption ...


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.


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 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 ...


Volcano earthquake report for Thursday, 9 Aug 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Clear Lake (7 quakes between mag 0.3-1.4), Coso (3 quakes between mag 0.8-1.4), Don Joao de Castro Bank (1 quake mag 2.4), ...


Volcano earthquake report for Wednesday, 24 Oct 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Brennisteinsfjöll (2 quakes between mag 1.0-1.9), Clear Lake (12 quakes between mag 0.3-2.4), Coso (4 quakes between mag 0.2-1.9), ...


Volcano and earthquake museum to open in Iceland  The Guardian

The Lava Centre, a new interactive attraction in the shadow of the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano, will bring to life the 'fiery heart of Iceland'. Will Coldwell.


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 ...


Earthquake measuring 4.5 at Katla, Iceland's most powerful volcano  Iceland Monitor

To top of today's series of earthquakes, a quake measuring 4.5 occurred at the mother of all volcanoes in Iceland, Katla tonight. Another earthquake measuring ...


Volcano earthquake report for Sunday, 23 Sep 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Akyarlar (1 quake mag 1.4), Askja (1 quake mag 1.6), Cancanajag (2 quakes between mag 2.3-2.4), Clear Lake (12 quakes between ...


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 ...


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.


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 ...


Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Dec 2018: Etna volcano, Fuego, Krakatau, Shiveluch, Dukono, Reventado...  VolcanoDiscovery

Etna (Sicily, Italy): (13 Dec) Mild effusive/explosive activity continues at the eastern vent of the New SE crater, feeding two small lava flows traveling a few ...


Fears of new Iceland volcano eruption as mountain named after ugly troll Katla could soon erupt  Mirror Online

Skies over UK are threatened with a wintry-grey gloom if the volcano blows and a choking veil of ash wafts our way - threatening not just airports but the ...


Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Dec 2018: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Dukono,...  VolcanoDiscovery

Ebeko (Paramushir Island): (3 Dec) Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Tokyo (VAAC) issued the following report: ERUPTION AT 20181203/2145Z FL170 EXTD SE ...


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 ...


Iceland volcano: eruption 'could just be rehearsal' for worse ash chaos if Katla blows  Telegraph.co.uk

Iceland's powerful Katla volcano is a brooding reminder that Britain and Europe face even worse chaos unless they learn lessons from the ash eruption at ...


Volcano earthquake report for Wednesday, 7 Nov 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Akyarlar (4 quakes between mag 0.9-1.5), Askja (4 quakes between mag 0.5-1.2), Clear Lake (11 quakes between mag 0.9-2.3), Etna (2 ...


Iceland's Top 5 Volcanoes: Hot Or Not?  Reykjavík Grapevine

With the recent news that seismic activity was recorded around the volcano Katla, international media sources were quick to declare that a massive eruption was ...


Volcano earthquake report for Sunday, 25 Nov 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Akyarlar (1 quake mag 1.6), Askja (8 quakes between mag 0.1-1.1), Bardarbunga (6 quakes between mag 0.3-2.4), Clear Lake (11 ...


Events in Iceland explain years of famine in Europe’s Dark Ages  The Economist

IT SEEMED like a curse. The summer of 821 was wet, cold and yielded a poor harvest. Then winter came. Temperatures plunged. Blizzards smothered towns ...


Volcano earthquake report for Sunday, 19 Aug 2018  VolcanoDiscovery

Quakes detected near: Balatukan (1 quake mag 2.1), Clear Lake (11 quakes between mag 0.6-1.9), Etna (1 quake mag 1.3), Eyafjallajökull (1 quake mag 1.5), ...


Effects of Katla eruption would put current air travel chaos in the shade  Irish Times

OTHER VOLCANOES: SHOULD THE Icelandic volcano Katla erupt the resulting spread of ash from the eruption column could disrupt…


Volcanoes, Dinosaurs and an Extraterrestrial: Geoscience Roundup 15-21 March, 2018  Decoded Science

This week the geoscience roundup looks at historic volcanic eruptions, dinosaurs - and a new auroral phenomenon.


Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano is nothing to 'Angry Sister' Katla  Christian Science Monitor

Every time in recorded history that Eyjafjallajökull volcano has erupted, the much larger Katla volcano has also erupted. Scientists are watching Katla carefully.


Iceland volcano to BLOW: Flight CHAOS looms for Brits as Katla prepares to erupt | Daily Star  Daily Star

A HUGE volcano in Iceland is threatening to blow in "weeks" and spark a repeat of 2010's flight chaos.


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.









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