Update: Iceland Volcanoes


Despite recent “it’s gonna blow!” headlines, Icelandic volcanoes are all Green/Normal.

At the time of writing, anyway (August 8th).

Some of them could blow soon, but we already knew that:

  • Grimsvotn: This is the “it” of this week’s news stories, but as far as I can see, there has been no change since this June post. Everyone is still watching and waiting.
    (Update, August 14, 6 p.m., Pacific: An outburst flood may be starting, but they are not certain yet. Will pin the Grimsvotn post to the top and see what the weekend brings.
  • Reykjanes: I did a post on this in February and updated it a few times. This one is complex, thanks to Iceland’s sitting on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates go their separate ways.

    The Icelandic Met Office issued statements about it on July 20th and July 23rd. Still watch-and-wait time here, too.

  • Hekla: This isn’t in the headlines. I have only found one news story about it (from Iceland), and I don’t see any articles on it at the Met Office site, either. Here is their Hekla information page.

    The news focuses on warning hikers about chances of sudden phreatomagmatic explosions and other hazards at Hekla. Just a heads-up, then, until volcanologists issue more information on it. I always trust them over headlines.


Featured image: Claudia Regina, CC BY-SA 2.0.



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