17. August 2018

100 years ago - Katla 1918 Conference – Oktober 12.- 13.

Vík í Mýrdal, 12.-13. October 2018 at 09:00 AM


Katla´s eruption in 1918 and its impact on the nature and society during and after the eruption.

What would the consequences of Katla‘s eruption be in today‘s society?

On 12th of October this year, a 100 years have passed since the eruption began in Katla volcano that underlies the Mýrdalsjökull Ice Cap. The eruption in 1918 was one of the larger in Katla‘s Caldera in historical times. The eruption caused a massive glacial outburst flood and produced huge amounts of ash that spread over 60.000 km2 around Iceland.

On the occasion that a century has passed since the last great eruption, this momentous event will be commemorated with a conference in Vík í Mýrdal on the 12th and 13th of October. The focal issue will be Katla and the impact it had on the nature and society in Southern Iceland.

The conference commences at 9:00 AM on October 12th and will consist of a variety of topics relating to Katla. The lectures will be carried out by a national array of experts and scientists in the field of natural sciences with leading research experience of Katla and great familiarity of the influence the volcano had on the surrounding landscape, natural environment and human population.

The University of Iceland, The Icelandic Meteorological Office, The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration are among the list of invited speakers. Moreover, lectures in which first hand stories of people who experienced the eruption will be presented. In addition, volcanic monitoring methods will be explained and demonstrated with the tools and equipment used by the Icelandic Meteorological Office. On the 13th of October, a short excursion on the place where the eruption's evidence will be discussed and studied.

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