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Department of Earth Sciences


The Cambridge Volcano Seismology group explores many applications of volcano seismology, from what we can learn about movement of magma in the Earth's crust and rift zone dynamics, to the very structure of the Earth itself. Our current research focus is central Iceland, where we operate an extensive seismic array. Most recently this network captured a 46 km magmatic intrusion from the Bárðarbunga volcano to the Holuhraun lava field, which resulted in a spectacular six-month fissure eruption.

Explore Earthquakes and Eruptions in Iceland

All about Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Read all about the 2014 Bárðarbunga-Holuhraun eruption in Iceland, and discover some fascinating facts about earthquakes and volcanos.

Online Activities

Find links to online activities to help you explore the world of volcanos and earthquakes.

Could you be a Volcano Seismologist?

Read about what it's like to be a Volcano Seismologist, and the route to becoming one.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ever wondered how seismometers record earthquakes? Or how volcanic ash forms? Find answers to these questions and many more about volcanoes and earthquakes on the FAQ page.

Additional Resources

Discover other useful resources, including teaching material and videos, about earthquakes and volcanoes.

Explosive Earth experiments

Eruption in a fish tank. Download the instructions and worksheet here.

Coke can volcano. Download the instructions and worksheet here.

Shaky structures earthquake experiment. Download the instructions and worksheet here.