Hekla Volcano Activity Being Monitored Closely, Though Rumors Of Second Iceland Eruption False

The Hekla volcano has had more than 20 major eruptions since the 9th century, and Hekla has had eruptions in 1980, 1991 and 2000.

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

But rumors of a Hekla volcano eruption today are false.

Twitter was filled with Hekla eruption rumors after an MSNBC Twitter feed @BreakingNews tweeted, "Large plume indicates second Icelandic volcano, Hekla, has begun erupting - watch live http://bit.ly/9iNfKE."

That tweet was retweeted more than 600 times, though the feed later corrected itself.

The BNO News Wire Service also reported the eruption, stating, "REYKJAVIK (BNO NEWS) -- The Hekla volcano in southern Iceland has erupted."

BNO News Editor @RodrigoBNO later followed up, "Iceland office confirms no 2nd eruption. A cam was pointed at the Eyjafjallakokul but labled as Ekla."

The Reuters News Service @Reuters followed up with a tweet of its own addressing the rumors: "Reuters has not issued an alert on a second volcano eruption #ashtag."