“Is Iceland About to experience its biggest volcanic eruption yet?” asks the Independent.
More than 500 earthquakes have hit the areas around Fagradalsfjall in the last few days, leading to fears that a volcanic eruption could be imminent.
The average depth of the earthquakes is 8 to 2 kilometers.
The magma climbed 5 km ( 3 miles) in about 4 hours, which, according to some is “certainly a new world record.”
If an eruption should occur, it would not be explosive, says expianetadidio.blogspot.it. “Lava fountains would be up to a few tenths of a meter in height, probably spreading into a long series of splits as they witnessed during the ” Bardarbunga eruption between 2014-2014.
The Icelandic Met Office is currently not concerned about a major eruption, calling the seismic activity “normal for an active region.”
From what I’ve been able to learn, the volcano dates back to the Pleistocene, to the last glaciation.
The Pleistocene lasted from about 2½ million years to 11,700 years ago, spanning the world’s most recent period of repeated glaciations.
Thanks to Alessandro Decet for these links