Hekla building up to an eruption? 5 January 2010Posted by admin in activity reports, Hekla, Iceland.
Tags: Hekla, Iceland, volcanic activity reports
Can we expect an eruption of Icelandic volcano Hekla in the near future? According to a report at Visir.is (original here, English version at IceNews), University of Iceland geophysicist Freysteinn Sigmundsson has said that pressure in the magma chamber ‘is similar now to immediately before the last Hekla eruption’. This information, Sigmundsson says, ‘should be used as an early warning of an upcoming eruption and monitoring and general preparedness should be increased accordingly’.
There’s a longer report in the Icelandic newspaper Morgunbladid, which is in Icelandic only. The translation served up by Google hints that temperature increases have been recorded at the surface at Hekla and suggests that magma may only be 2-3 km below the summit, but I’d welcome a proper translation.
Hekla’s last eruption was in the spring of 2000. Since 1970 it has erupted roughly every ten years (although that doesn’t mean it’s going to keep to that timetable in the future).
There is a webcam for Hekla here, although it is currently down for maintenance.
Global Volcanism Program: Hekla – summary information for Hekla (1702-07=)