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Icelandic submarine volcano ‘simmers sinisterly’ 12 April 2008

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English-language Icelandic news website Iceland Review Online has another report on the large submarine volcano identified by Ármann Höskuldsson off the Reykjanes peninsula in southwest Iceland, written in what’s perhaps best described as an informal, lively style:

Bubbling hot underneath 1,500 meters of water, a volcanic caldera (the lava spitting mouth of a volcano) measuring 10 kilometers in diameter simmers sinisterly. Scratching their heads, a group of Icelandic scientists wonder how it got there in the first place.

Taking a few minutes off from scratching his head, Höskuldsson warns that ‘People shouldn’t be surprised if there would be an extensive volcanic eruption underwater there soon. Nothing has happened for hundreds of years and it is in fact only a matter of time before there will be an eruption’.

Information
Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program – volcanoes of Iceland and the Arctic Ocean
Volcanoes in Iceland – University of Iceland Institute of Earth Sciences

News
A volcanic surprise – Iceland Review Online, 12 April 2008

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