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Öræfajökull Caldera Continues To Deepen

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Öræfajökull Caldera Continues To Deepen

Öræfajökull

Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

The newly formed caldera at Öræfajökull glacier continues to deepen. RÚV reports.

According to geologists, this either means that there is still heat present underneath the glacier, or that the caldera is emptying itself. It is currently estimated to be approximately 22 meters (72 ft) deep.

Geologists flew over the area on Monday, although it is currently unknown when their next flyover will take place. The area continues to be monitored carefully.

Öræfajökull hasn‘t erupted for nearly 300 years, but recent weeks have shown increased activity in the area. A new caldera emerged in the glacier nearly two weeks ago.

Prior to its eruption back in 1362, the glacier was called Knappafellsjökull. That eruption completely destroyed the nearby farmland, renaming the glacier Öræfajökull. Öræfi translates to wasteland.

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