News From Hekla Volcano
News From Hekla Volcano
Keeping your on your toes in Iceland
There just never seems to be a dull moment in Iceland, what with the totally unpredictable weather, as well as news of recent rumblings underneath Hekla volcano. While geologists keep a close eye on Iceland’s Queen of Volcanoes, as soon as there is any seismic activity surrounding Hekla, the news quickly spreads and you may hear echos of ‘imminent eruption In Hekla’ that ricochets around the globe from one media outlet to the other. This puts geologists in a precarious position, as not even they, using the most up to date technology available, can make 100% accurate predictions when it comes to Hekla or any other of Iceland’s many active volcanoes. Or to put it another way, Hekla herself doesn’t let anybody know when she will erupt, not you, not me, nor even scientists, except at virtually the last minute.
Hekla is known for erupting rather suddenly without much forewarning. She has a history of announcing her plans with only 30 to 80 minutes advance notice in the form of eruption-related seismicity, leaving very little time for hikers and visitors to the area to retreat to safe ground. This consistent pattern of eruption which is peculiar to Hekla, has been well documented and comes as a result of extensive research that has been carried on and around Hekla over many decades.
Authorities have recently erected sign boards near the volcano giving visitors ample information  in case of emergency. If you happen to be hiking in the vicinity of the volcano, you can now alert the police of your whereabouts using your cellphone and you will receive an SMS alert should the volcano begin erupting.
So is an eruption in Hekla imminent? For now, the Icelandic Civil Defence continues to monitor the volcano, but its official status is listed as ‘uncertain’ and the Icelandic Meteorological Office has noted that there has been no unusual activity in Hekla since a 16 day period of increased activity on March 10 - 26, 2014.
If you are interested in monitoring the volcano yourself, you can view it live from the Míla webcam here: http://www.livefromiceland.is/webcams/hekla/
or here:
http://www.jonfr.com/webicorders/vefmyndheklaen.html
You can also go straight to the Icelandic Met Office’s earthquake update page that refreshes every 5 minutes or so: http://en.vedur.is/earthquakes-and-volcanism/earthquakes/myrdalsjokull/

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