Overall Green alert Volcanic eruption for Katla
in Iceland

Event summary

Volcanic eruption Katla is expected to have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

Name: Katla
Lat/Lon: 63.633 , -19.083
Event Date: 15 May 2020 00:00 UTC
Exposed Population 30km: About 500 people within 30km
Exposed Population 100km: About 900 people within 100km
Max Volc. Explosivity Index VEI: 5
Population exposure index: 2
Inserted at: 15 May 2020 15:59 UTC


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Historical Timeline

Volcano Timeline

IDGDACS alert colorDateSource
1 15 May 2020 00:00 LONDON

Exposed population

The eruption happened in Iceland , Region of Sudhurland (population 22,897) . The nearest places are Skeiðflötur, Vík, Evindarhólar, Grafarkirkja, Ásólfsskáli, Holt, Pykkvabaejarklaustur, and Stóridalur.

Radius Population
100 km <1000 people
75 km <1000 people
50 km <1000 people
30 km <1000 people
20 km <1000 people
10 km no people
5 km no people
2 km no people

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Sudhurland Iceland 23000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Skeiðflötur Iceland Village - 22 km
Vík Iceland Village - 23 km
Evindarhólar Iceland Village - 26 km
Grafarkirkja Iceland Village - 29 km
Ásólfsskáli Iceland Village - 36 km
Holt Iceland Village - 37 km
Pykkvabaejarklaustur Iceland Village - 38 km
Stóridalur Iceland Village - 42 km

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Critical infrastructure

Airports, ports, nuclear plants and hydrodams at risk, if affected, are listed below.



Name LOCODE Country Distance
Vik Iceland 25 km


Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Krokslon Sigalda Tungnaa 1977 59 km
Hrauneyjalon Hrauneyjafoss Tungnaa 1981 62 km
Sultartangalon Sultartangi Tungnaa 1983 67 km
Thorisvatn Thorisos Thorisos 1972 78 km

Nuclear plants

More information

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