Icelandic Volcano About to Cut Loose?

“Unprecedented,” say experts. Look at the number of earthquakes in the last 48 hours!

Southwestern Iceland was rocked by a series of earthquakes Wednesday. According to geological experts, the epicenter of the main quake was located near Mt. Keilir, roughly 30 km (19 miles) south of the capital Reykjavik.

Experts say shocks from the quake, which registered 5.7 in magnitude, sparked increased volcanic activity, triggering a number of aftershocks registering over 4.0 for hours after the initial quake hit.

“I’ve never experienced or felt so many strong earthquakes in such a short period of time. It’s unusual,” Icelandic Meteorological Office’s (IMO) earthquake hazards coordinator Kristin Jonsdottir told Icelandic public broadcaster RUV.

Experts are used to intense geothermal activity in Iceland but say the amount of rumbling at the moment is unprecedented

Though the region has yet to experience eruptions as a result of the increased activity, the IMO nevertheless raised aviation warnings from green to yellow over the Krysuvik volcano system.

The last eruption to occur in the area was in the 12th century but more recently, the eruption of Iceland’s more southerly Eyjafjallajokull volcano over six days in 2010 caused massive disruption to international air travel, affecting as many as 10 million travelers.

The Reykjanes peninsula, located on a tectonic fault, has been rocked by numerous earthquakes for more than a year.

Thanks to Bill Sellers for these links

10 thoughts on “Icelandic Volcano About to Cut Loose?”

  1. This should be good: what if this turns out to be even more disruptive than Eyjafjallajokull?
    Could we get a volcanic winter when winter’s ending in the northern hemisphere? That might scare the globull warming crowd into acting like scared children.
    Glad I stocked the pantry so well.
    Please keep us posted, Robert!!!!

  2. Robert, could you make a list of active volcanoes for us?
    Etna’s been erupting for months. I have no idea what the volume of ash may be right now, but that may be having an effect on our weather that isn’t being taken into account.
    Ditto Kilauea, which had stopped spouting lava but has recently started up again. I think that’s mostly lava flow, not a lot of ash, but the gases are part of the eruption cycle.
    Is anyone at all (besides you) looking into this

  3. A couple of people here recently were asking about how it was possible that volcanos that are oozing hot lava could have moved the tectonic plates. I didn’t answer immediately because I needed to do some review, but it has a lot to do with the fact that some volcanos have a lot of gas in the lava which is then explosive.

    This documentary about Yellowstone (from the History Channel) is one of the best I’ve seen at explaining that. So I hope it helps those of you who were puzzling about this phenomena understand better.

  4. I wonder what effect this could have on the the gulf stream shutting down and the El Nino climate patterns robert.

  5. wow when I sent you that big quake link and said i wondered if it would stir things up….
    well it sure has!

    re the above gulfstrema stoppage
    its highly if might may could…supposed study when you read it
    the gyre with the fresh waters ingress isnt that much in reality
    just another agw ists please fund me stunt

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