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Signs of Eruption in Reykjanes Ridge

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Signs of Eruption in Reykjanes Ridge

Near Ólafsvík

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

There are signs that a volcanic eruption occurred in Reykjanes Ridge, 400 to 500 kilometers southwest of Iceland, sometime over the past 20 years.

Volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson told mbl.is on Friday that he has reviewed the data from the seafloor from 1994 until last autumn. “There were waves of seismic activity exactly in the area where we see changes.”

According to Ármann, the finding is particularly remarkable given that the area is not known to have had many eruptions.

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