Bárðarbunga Iceland’s 49th Eruption in 100 Years?

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Bárðarbunga Iceland’s 49th Eruption in 100 Years?

The Eyjafjalljökull eruption in 2010

The Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

There have been 48 eruptions in Iceland in the last 100 years, an eruption almost every second year. The biggest eruptions were as follows: Katla in 1918, Hekla 1947, Surtsey 1963, Vestmannaeyjar 1973, Gjálp in Bárðarbunga 1996, and Eyjafjallajökull 2010.

Here is the list from 1914 to present day:

1918 Katla, 1921 Askja, 1922 Askja, 1922 Grímsvötn, 1923 Askja, 1923 Grímsvötn, 1926 Askja, 1926 the island of Eldey. 1927 Esjufjöll in Vatnajökull, 1929 Askja, 1929 Kverkfjöll, 1933 Grímsvötn, 1934 Grímsvötn, 1938 Grímsvötn, 1941 Grímsvötn, 1945 Grímsvötn, 1947 Hekla, 1954 Grímsvötn, 1955 Katla, 1961 Askja, 1963 Surtsey, 1970 Hekla, 1973 Vestmannaeyjar, 1975 Krafla, 1977 Krafla, and again 1977 Krafla, 1980 Krafla, and again 1980 Krafla, 1980 Hekla, 1980 Krafla, 1981 Krafla, 1981 Krafla, 1983 Grímsvötn, 1984 Grímsvötn, 1984 Krafla, 1985 Lokahryggur in Vatnajökull, 1991 Hekla, 1996 Gjálp in Bárðarbunga, 1998 Grímsvötn, 2000 Hekla, 2004 Grímsvötn, 2010 Fimmvörðuháls, 2010 Eyjafjallajökull, 2011 Grímsvötn.

A Code Orange was issued yesterday in light of increased likelihood of an eruption in Bárðarbunga volcano located in the northwestern corner of Vatnajökull glacier after continued earthquakes in the area.

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