Iceland Hekla Volcano Eruption: Facts & Pictures?

News of the Hekla volcano erupting today caused a lot of tension in the World.
Hekla is another volcano in Iceland.

The volcano is described as 100 times more powerful than the Eyjafjallajokull volcano when it erupted 200 years ago.
Then CNN said that Iceland's Hekla wasn't really erupting. What is the real deal then? Is Hekla's eruption real or not?

Are there good pictures of the Hekla?
What are some interesting facts of this Iceland's volcano?

asked by Miles in Geography | 7635 views | 04-19-2010 at 06:42 PM

Throughout the Middle Ages in Iceland, residents called the Hekla volcano as the “Gateway to Hell.” Hekla is Iceland’s most active volcano as more than 20 eruptions have taken place since 874.

Iceland was first settled in the ninth century by Vikings. It quickly became known as “The land of fire and ice” because of the volcanoes and glaciers.

One of the fears which scientists had when the Eyjafyallajokulll erupted was that it could set off other eruptions from nearby volcanoes, like the Hekla Volcano which could be cataclysmic.

Hekla volcano is located in the south of Iceland with a height of 1,491 metres. Hekla looks rather like an overturned boat, with its keel being in fact a series of craters, two of which are generally the most active.

Here are some pictures of the Hekla Volcano.

Iceland Hekla Volcano Eruption

Iceland Hekla Volcano eruption2

Many believe that the next Hekla eruption is imminent, and the recent Iceland volcano eruption in Eyjafjallajoekull has added to those fears.

Facts about the volcano.

Hekla is a stratovolcano located in the south of Iceland with a height of 1,491 meters (4,892 ft). Hekla is Iceland's most active volcano; over 20 eruptions have occurred in and around the volcano since 874. During the Middle Ages, Icelanders called the volcano the "Gateway to Hell."

Hekla is part of a volcanic ridge, 40 kilometers (25 mi) long. However, the most active part of this ridge, a fissure about 5.5 km (3.4 mi) long named Heklugjá, is considered to be the volcano Hekla proper. Hekla looks rather like an overturned boat, with its keel being in fact a series of craters, two of which are generally the most active.

answered by Mindy | 04-19-2010 at 06:49 PM

Europe has been in chaos right now after ashes from a volcanic eruption in Iceland has covered its skies.

There is also another volcano in Iceland that is way bigger than Hekla. I think it's called Laki.
That volcano is the one everybody is scared of because it is huge. If that volcano erupts then the world is in trouble.

answered by Steph | 04-19-2010 at 08:45 PM

There have been rumors going around today that the second volcano, Hekla, had already erupted, but they are false. It seems there was a monitoring camera pointed at Eyjafjallakokul, but labeled Hekla and someone put out the word and all the confusion started.

answered by Elijah | 04-20-2010 at 04:44 AM

There have been lots of people all over the internet who are being concerned about the eruption of Hekla volcano. But it seems that people have only created a false rumor that the Hekla volcano is about to erupt. It has been confirmed that the Hekla eruption issues is just a false alarm.

answered by Alarm | 04-20-2010 at 07:43 PM

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