Thank you to all that voted, we had a great turn out which certainly helps distinguish clear winners and other voting trends. I hope some of you managed to find the time to read up on some of the volcanic features you’d never heard about and gained some insight along the way.
So, without further ado…
1st Poll Winner
The next main Icelandic central volcano that VC readers think will erupt next is…
Not a surprise considering the amount of activity it’s had recently and the change in IMO alert colours. The appearance of multiple cauldrons is a great indicator of increased heat flux from below. Whether this activity will escalate exponentially from here on is yet to be seen. Bear in mind that this old beast may take a lot of persuasion and time to fully wake up.
Second place goes to…
So, the bi-polar overgrown fissure row comes in second. Hekla will always be one of those volcanoes that could erupt at any time. The more years that pass, the greater the chance. The recent deep earthquakes are an obvious sign that activity is increasing below but will it be days, months or years? That’s what makes Hekla such an enigma.
Third place goes to…
Well, no surprise to see Katla in the top three, regardless of unwanted media attention. This monster has been rumbling from its slumber for some time. Andrej has made a great plot, that I’ll try find, that clearly shows the increase in activity over recent years. Like Öræfajökull, this one will puke green stars all over IMO’s map before we get to an eruption.
Poor Grímsvötn languished behind in fourth place and is no doubt sulking about it. I have my concerns about Grimsvötn, we know what this hot-spot fed can do but we know little about what it could do in the future. More research is a must.
2nd Poll Winner
This poll was to cover those occasional named, sporadically active and mostly unpronounceable that could upset the big hitters and steal their limelight. Some of them, if they were to erupt, would be such a black swan event that even the black swans wouldn’t have seen it coming.
1st – Reykjanes and Svartsengi
A surprise winner, I certainly didn’t see this one coming. An area that sits head-first into the rage of the Atlantic and suffers the wrath from it. Even so, it has many historic lava flows and has seen many swarms over recent years. Its last eruption was in 1240 CE so has been dormant for some time, but this common for the RVB.
2nd – Herðubreið
This beautiful tuya is a relic from a colder age but has seen some intriguing swarms recently. A recent intrusion that started at Upptyppingar may have jumped over towards Herðubreið. This is something that Carl is looking into with some polts from Andrej so I’ll leave that theory for him to explain. It would be a fantastic sight to see a new cone or extension of the existing one occur in our lifetimes but it would be sad to see it destroyed by something bigger, although this may be unlikely.
3rd – Goðabunga
The noisy cryptodome in Katla’s side… or is it? Seismic data indicates a potential separate feed for Goðabunga so is this its own entity rather than an intrusion from Katla proper? Another area that needs its own article with more explanation.
Other notable votes:
Deadzone (of unknown origin) – A reasonable score for the rarely rumbling deadzone. Who will give birth to its latest hell chasm? We know it will happen one day but hopefully, the Northern hemisphere will be prepared this time.
Greip (unknownabunga) – A favorite feature of mine, one that’s finally found its way into a scientific paper even if they pointed the finger at it being a deep feed for Bárðarbunga. Plenty of deep activity here, the day a swarm towards the surface occurs will be a very exciting day!
Helgrindur (0%, ? Votes) – a vote for the name – might be a Judas Priest fan 😉
I’ll archive the polls when I get chance and have it easily accessible on the menu bar. I look forward to seeing how many of you are right.