Eruption could be brewing at Iceland’s biggest volcano – Video

Last week, Bardarbunga volcano was shaken by four of the largest earthquakes since its last eruption in 2014.

Geophysicist Páll Einarsson, a volcanology expert at the University of Iceland, says the tremors indicate that pressure in the volcano’s magma chamber is increasing.

Einarsson warned that Bardarbunga, which is hidden under the ice cap of the Vatnajökull glacier, is “clearly preparing for its next eruption” within the next few years.

Such an eruption could create an ash cloud that could bring travel chaos similar to that caused by the 2010 eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which threw thousands of tons of ash into the sky and stranded more than 10 million air passengers.

That eruption, the strongest of its kind in Europe in more than 240 years, cost the European economy an estimated £4 billion ($4.9 billion).

Experts envision a similar scenario if Bardarbunga, one of the most active of Iceland’s 130 volcanoes, were to erupt.

However, this does not mean the 6,591-foot-tall volcano is going to erupt tomorrow.

According to the Catalogue of Icelandic Volcanoes, although Bardarbunga’s activity level is high, the warning code remains green – meaning the volcano is in a normal, non-eruptive state

Thanks to T Fortier and Laurel for these links

4 thoughts on “Eruption could be brewing at Iceland’s biggest volcano – Video

  1. It’s not Bardarbunga I’m concerned about—it’s the bigger, uglier sister Katla. And if Laki gets going?

    … good luck sorting out the mayhem and pandemonium.

  2. The gravitational linkage between the distured orbit of the Sun following a GSM 10 year trefoil orbit around the Solar System Barrycentre, and an uptick in Earth’s Volcanism is following its 172 year cyclic path.
    Volcano’s are waking up world wide, particularly the under water ones in the Southern portion of the Red Sea just about where the East African Rift joins the Arabian fault line.
    Equally the pot is stiring under the T7 capable volcanos in the South east segment of the Ring of fire which Indonesia sit on.

  3. There are a few volcanos in Iceland that are moving towards an eruptive stage, however this is a slow process so not an immediate threat – but certainly they should be spoken of as “when” not “if” – just that the when may be a decade or more from now … time will tell!

    Of bigger global threat would be any volcanic eruption near the equator, research has shown these impact both northern and southern hemispheres, when one of these erupts the whole world chills.

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