Risk level for Iceland eruption raised to orange

Iceland’s Met Office has raised its risk level for an eruption at  Bardarbunga volcano to orange, the second-highest level.

This is a harsh reminder of  Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which erupted just four years ago. Ash from the Eyjafjallajokull eruption shut down much of Europe’s airspace for six days, affecting more than 10 million people and costing $1.7 billion.

Met Office seismologist Martin Hensch said the risk of a Bardarbunga eruption causing similar disruptions would depend on the amount of ash, how high it rises, and how fine-grained it is.

Bardarbunga, the country’s largest volcanic system, is located under the ice cap of the Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland. According to Wikipedia, it covers more than 8 percent of the country.


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13 thoughts on “Risk level for Iceland eruption raised to orange

  1. This volcano is actually part of a caldera.
    It’s also under the largest glacier in Europe.
    A fissure in this caldera produced the largest eruption of the holocene.

  2. One sizeable eruption lasting weeks right now will pretty much confirm the global cooling period, slightly ahead of the 2015 predictions.

  3. sure looks like its woken up and peeved.
    the ice volcanos fascinate me ,such a striking combo
    fire n ice 🙂

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