Bardarbunga volcano continues rumbling, threatening to blow its top and throw tons of ash into the atmosphere
like the Eyjafjallajökull volcano did in 2010.
The probability of an eruption is now thought to be increased due to a steady lowering of Bardarbunga’s caldera. This greatly worries scientists and Civil Protection Department representatives.
Satellite monitoring shows that the caldera has dropped 20 meters (65 feet) since the eruption started, said Dr John Stevenson of the University of Edinburgh.
An eruption in Bárðarbunga, which lies underneath Vatnajökull glacier, could potentially be massive, emitting high quantities of ash into the air, according to geophysicist Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson. And ultimately, glacial melt water would break out as a great flood in one of the glacial rivers.
Bardarbunga has been at “code red” twice since it started erupting on August 29th, and earthquakes of magnitude 5.5 5.4 and 5.2 have occurred in the area within the last 48 hours.
Europe fears ash cloud discharges that can follow explosive eruptions under ice.
The Eyjafjallajökull ash grounded 90,000 flights over Europe, Dr Stevenson said.
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