Katla Calm After Largest Earthquake Since 2017 Skip to content

Katla Calm After Largest Earthquake Since 2017

By Yelena

Katla volcano
Photo: Golli. Katla volcano.

Seismic activity under Katla volcano was calm last night, after the area’s largest earthquake since 2017. The earthquake was measured under the northeastern rim of the volcano’s caldera and several small aftershocks followed.

“There’s little news since last night,” Hulda Rósa Helgadóttir, Natural Hazard Expert at the Icelandic Met Office, told RÚV. “There was an earthquake at ten past seven that was of magnitude 4 and several aftershocks followed, the largest being 3.4 at quarter to eight, but since then it’s been fairly calm.” Hulda says no volcanic tremor has been detected at the site. Water measurements from the area also show no indication of volcanic activity.

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Katla has erupted at least 21 times in the past 11 centuries. The last eruption to break through the ice on top of the volcano occurred in 1918. A more recent, though fictional, eruption has happed in Katla, however, in the popular Netflix series of the same name.

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