Possible volcanic activity in southwest Iceland

  • Risk to populated areas and critical infrastructure considered very low
  • Volcanic activity follows considerable seismic activity in the past week
  • The type of eruption expected will not have much impact on international aviation

Following a series of earthquakes, a volcanic tremor pulse was detected south of Mt Keilir, in the Reykjanes Peninsula, yesterday afternoon. The area is in southwest Iceland, about 20km (12.5 miles) from Keflavik International Airport and about 15km (less than 10 miles) from the Reykjavík metropolitan area. Such a tremor pulse is a strong indicator of intrusive magma movements that could lead to an imminent volcanic eruption. However, no eruption has been confirmed, but the area is being monitored closely.

Government of Iceland | Possible volcanic activity in southwest Iceland