Volcanic System of Iceland

Monitoring of Hekla Volcano Improved

HeklaMonitoring of Mt. Hekla has been improved over the past months, Hekla is one of the most active and potentially dangerous volcanoes in Iceland. According to the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) who is in charge of monitoring Mt. Hekla the system should help in sending out timely warnings with the aim of reducing any harm the volcano might cause.

There are several different types of active volcanoes in Iceland and the hazards associated with each volcano are related to the type, location and intensity of an eruption. According to the IMO public vulnerability to volcanic hazards increases as the number of people exposed to the hazard grows.

Mt. Hekla has been getting ready to erupt now for some years and is according to its normal eruption cycle ready to go, the mountain is a stratovolcano in the south of Iceland with a height of 1,491 m (4,892 ft). Over 20 eruptions have occurred in and around the volcano since 874.with the last one happening in the year 2000.

Travelers are warned not to walk the mountain.

According to the IMO, volcanic risk is mitigated by the capability to detect, interpret, and communicate volcanic signals before and during a volcanic eruption.