Earthquake Swarm at Esjufjoll Volcano Iceland



Another volcano in Iceland, Esjufjoll, is shaking the ground with probable magma movement beneath its 40 square mile caldera.

Dozens of earthquakes have rattled during the past 12 hours at Esjufjoll, between 1 and 3 km beneath the massive Vatnajokull ice sheet, the largest glacier in Europe, located at the southeast of Iceland.

The Vatnajokull glacier shares its ice with seven volcanoes, all associated with a ripping tear in the Earth’s crust where the Mid Atlantic Ridge forms a tectonic boundary.


Esjufjoll is most famous for causing a massive flood during 1927. Its last activity occurred during October 2002 when earthquake swarms indicated magma movement. Now, 8 years later during the same month, once again Esjufjoll is awakened.

Lets keep our eyes open…

Update: 28-Oct-2010, Just as fast as the swarm appeared, it has gone quiet. Perhaps building more pressure.

Update: 14-Nov-2010, After several weeks of quiet, Esjufjoll is quaking again, this time a mini swarm, some within minutes of each other, including a magnitude 3.1 at depth of 8.5 km.


If you enjoyed this post, or topics of disaster preparedness, consider subscribing to our survival blog RSS feed or Email notification of new posts on the Modern Survival Blog


Modern Survival Blog is a Top Prepper Website

  1. Wiels Cave October 24, 2010 12:59 AM
    • Ken J. October 24, 2010 4:40 PM
Vote for MSB -Top Prepper Website

Read our Comment Policy

For off-topic discussion, visit the latest:
'Weekly Preparedness' post

For the most recent comments from all articles:
'Recent Comments' page

Leave a Reply

Email optional - will not be published