Iceland’s monster volcano Katla charging up for eruption

Filling its magma chambers and emitting enormous quantities of CO2 every day.___________________

Katla, hidden beneath the ice cap of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, has historically erupted violently once every 40-80 years.  In-as-much as it’s last such eruption took place one hundred years ago, in 1918, Katla’s next eruption is long overdue.

An eruption in Katla would dwarf the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption, scientists have warned.

A new study by Icelandic and British geologists showed that Katla is emitting enormous quantities of CO2 – at least 20 kilotons of C02 every day. Only two volcanoes worldwide are known to emit more CO2, Evgenia Ilyinskaya a volcanologist with the University of Leeds told the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service RÚV.

These enormous CO2 emissions confirm significant activity in the volcano, Evgenia told RÚV: “There must also be a magma build up to release this quantity of gas.”

“It is well known from other volcanoes,” said Evgenia, “that CO2 emissions increase weeks or years ahead of eruptions. This is a clear sign we need to keep a close eye on Katla…. there is something going on.”

https://icelandmag.is/article/new-study-confirms-monster-volcano-katla-charging-eruption

Thanks to Laurel for this link


18 thoughts on “Iceland’s monster volcano Katla charging up for eruption”

  1. Interesting to think what the rhetoric would be like if a major eruption occurred during the spring of ’19, with the low sun activity, colder southern Atlantic/Eastern Pacific SST’s, and declining NAO. With the PDO close to flipping into its negative phase, all sorts of mayhem could erupt (pardon the pun.)

    • A lot of ash because it would be erupting through the ice, just like the last one from its neighbor, only a lot worse. The other volatiles that will be released will also be a concern, especially for those with breathing issues. I would think it would be worse in the winter when the polar winds tend to be loopy, as then the ash would be potentially pulled further south, along with the sulfur compounds.

  2. Quote:
    A new study by Icelandic and British geologists showed that Katla is emitting enormous quantities of CO2 – at least 20 kilotons of C02 every day.

    Only two volcanoes worldwide are known to emit more CO2, Evgenia Ilyinskaya a volcanologist with the University of Leeds

    Based on three volcanos X365X1000 = 21,900,000 Tons of CO2 per year.
    10,003 volcanos split in proportions of emmisions
    Kilo ton Kilo Kilo Ton
    Volcano per day Tons Per year Total Tons
    4,000 5 20,000 7,300,000 7,300,000,000
    3,000 10 30,000 10,950,000 10,950,000,000
    3,000 16 48,000 17,520,000 17,520,000,000
    3 20 60 21,900 21,900,000
    10,003 51 98,060 35,791,900 35,791,900,000 Sum

  3. cue the agw devotees to try n tax iceland for their manmade?? err oops! co2 pollution
    ah yes- its only reportable at all and of interest to msm ,when they can imply we dunnit..

  4. “enormous quantities of CO2 – at least 20 kilotons of C02 every day.”

    Can someone put 20 KT/day in context?

    What are the manmade CO2 emissions per day from the lower 48 states?

  5. That’s nice. We could use a nice cool down and the other fringe benefits of a little ice age.
    It might even snap some of us out of our egalitarian suicidal delusions and get people focused on our survival for a change.

  6. Ex Tropical Storm Helene tracking up the Irish sea during Monday to Wednesday as an intence depression will end up dumping most of its rain fall over East GreenLand as it merges with the low to the south of Iceland.

    Early Gigaton boost to the ice mass budget.

  7. Maybe we can send a delegation of the leading global warmest’s to Iceland to expound to the volcano. Maybe they can perform sacrifices to pacify Katla. Of course if that doesn’t work the first time, they could send another, larger delegation.

    • The sacrifices may not work out so well, knowing the global warming crowd it will be damned hard to find a virgin, They have been telling us that we’re screwed for the last forty years!!

      • Just stake them out for the Polar Bear God, it will be for a good cause, The Green’s purpose is to remove humans from the planet. Id prefer to remove a few greens first to test the way to Gia.

  8. So much silliness from all sides of all the political spectrums, the bottom line is, the climate has always been changing for hundreds of millions of years, at least. Or billions As long as there has been a gaseous atmosphere.

    Us Sapiens will not live forever, someday we too, like the Dinos, will be extinct.

    So, relax, have another jigger of Scotch on a rock.

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