13 Sep 11 – Three weeks ago, a series of earthquakes struck the sub-glacial volcano Öraefajökull in Vatnajökull, southeast Iceland.
Though the largest of those earthquakes, of which there were only eight, registered magnitude 2.2 on the Richter scale, they caught the attention of scientists who wonder whether Iceland’s tallest volcano might be preparing for another eruption.
No one is “crying wolf,” said geophysicist Ari Trausti Gudmundsson, but seismic activity is very rare in Öraefajökull.
Öraefajökull has erupted twice since Iceland was settled in the 9th century AD, once in the 1300s and again in the 1700s.
“The 1362 eruption destroyed an entire region,” says this article on Iceland Review. “After the area became inhabited again, it was given the name Öraefi, which means “wasteland,”
Thanks to Caroline Snyder for this link