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Sunday, December 11th, 2011, 05:37 PM
Iceland’s Katla Volcano Eruption Reported as Imminent: More than 500 tremors at the Katla volcano in the south of Iceland have been fixed over the past month. According to the scientist from the University of Iceland, Katla usually shows significant activity every 40 to 80 years. The last major eruption at the volcano was in 1918. In case of Katla’s eruption Europe risks a long period without air traffic (several months), while the meltdown of the glassier will lead to powerful floods. Andy Hooper of Delft University in the Netherlands told Sky News Online the volcano has been causing concern since scientists recorded increased temperatures and seismic activity.

The volcano erupting is something business and holiday travellers don’t even want to consider, given disruptions caused by other Icelandic volcanoes recently, including Grimsvotn in May and Eyjafjallajokull in April 2010. Both eruptions caused massive ash clouds, which brought transatlantic flights to a halt and left travellers stranded for weeks. Katla is one of Iceland’s most frequently erupting volcanoes. The last major eruption was in 1918, and lasted over a month.

A “catastrophic” eruption of the Katla Volcano in Iceland is “imminent” – at least, that’s what the BBC and several other international media outlets are reporting.

According to a BBC report published Thursday (Dec. 1st), “Hundreds of meters under one of Iceland’s largest glaciers there are signs of an imminent volcanic eruption that could be one of the most powerful the country has seen in almost a century.”

In the article, National Geographic’s Iceland expert, Ford Cochran, tells the BBC: “There have been more than 500 tremors in and around the caldera of Katla just in the last month, which suggests the motion of magma. And that certainly suggests an eruption may be imminent.”

“In Iceland we have to live with 30 active volcanoes. There are eruptions every 2-3 years. This is a part of life here,” Páll Einarsson, professor of geophysics at the University of Iceland, told the International Business Times. “There have been already three eruptions this year, one of them very large. This was in Grímsvötn in May.

“Katla is one of our most active volcanoes,” he said. “Some of its eruptions have been very large (1918). The mere mention of the words “Iceland” and “volcano” in the same sentence conjures up images of travel chaos for many. The 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokull cost airlines roughly $2 billion and reminded citizens of the global world how vulnerable modern society is to the whims of nature.

Katla, one of the largest volcanoes in Iceland, is named after an evil troll. It boasts a peak of nearly 5,000 feet and a caldera diameter of 6 miles, covered by up to 2,300 feet of ice. Katla is situated just east of Eyjafjallajokull, the notorious volcano whose eruption paralyzed European air traffic last year. The Eyjafjallajokull eruption of 2010 was very disruptive, however, due to very unfortunate circumstances. Because Eyjafjallajokull was high in gas, it sent ash high into airspace causing havoc.

What are causing troubles for the travel industry are the recent reports of an “imminent eruption” with such a force that “it could affect the global environment.”

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Source http://wfoster2011.wordpress.com/2011/12/04/icelands-katla-volcano-eruption-reported-as-imminent-by-bbc-news/

I hope you guys will be alright.

Dead Eye
Sunday, December 11th, 2011, 05:43 PM
It makes you wonder whats going on with all of these natural disasters occuring lately.I just hope its got nothing to do with 21/12/2012.:D

Sunday, December 11th, 2011, 06:02 PM
It's Ragnarok quick, get to Hodmimir's Holt! Lol!