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Oh No, Another Iceland Volcano! Well Perhaps.  
User currently offlinereadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3151 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2387 times:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15995845

A very good piece here on the next big thing out of Iceland.

"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."

"All they know is that Katla usually erupts every 40 to 80 years, which means the next significant event is long overdue."

Now I know that Eyjafjallajokull had the weather in its favor and was classed as a minor event but it seems this one could be a big daddy.
At least it will take our minds off the Euro Crisis.  


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User currently offlineairportugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3559 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2198 times:

Quoting readytotaxi (Thread starter):
Now I know that Eyjafjallajokull had the weather in its favor and was classed as a minor event but it seems this one could be a big daddy.

If that was minor for the aviation world, I dont even want to see what something major looks like!



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User currently offlineRobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3946 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2161 times:

Katla isn't under a glacier so even if it does blow it's unlikely to cause anywhere near the disruption that Eyja' did. The problem with Eyja' was the lava hitting the glacier ice that caused a shitload of ash.

Bit of a scare-mongering non-story really.


User currently offlineeaa3 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 991 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2091 times:

Quoting readytotaxi (Thread starter):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15995845

A very good piece here on the next big thing out of Iceland.

"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."

"All they know is that Katla usually erupts every 40 to 80 years, which means the next significant event is long overdue."

Now I know that Eyjafjallajokull had the weather in its favor and was classed as a minor event but it seems this one could be a big daddy.
At least it will take our minds off the Euro Crisis.

No worries. Although there is no reason to think that this volcano will erupt in the next weeks it is nonetheless overdue and has been showing signs that it is ready to erupt.

As a matter of fact it had a very small eruption this summer that didn't breach the glacier above. It did however cause a small flood that destroyed a crucial bridge. It simply carried it away. The bridge was built in a way so that full eruption would destroy the bridge. However the authorities did not expect a flood that was not Amazon like in size. This was probably only a hundredth of the size of a full Katla flood. It did however carry a bridge away in it's entirety.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQBozMUy_Lw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5gbXbX9OTM

Because this was the only road south of the glacier a large part of Iceland was cut of from the rest. The authorities had to ferry cars and people across.

Within about a week a new bridge was built:
http://bordeyri.blog.is/users/9e/bordeyri/img/20110715-2s7d7727.jpg


Anyway a full Katla eruption would be a big deal.


User currently offlineeaa3 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 991 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2075 times:

Quoting RobK (Reply 2):
Katla isn't under a glacier so even if it does blow it's unlikely to cause anywhere near the disruption that Eyja' did. The problem with Eyja' was the lava hitting the glacier ice that caused a shitload of ash.

Katla is indeed under a much larger glacier than Eyjafjallajökull. It is also much thicker, or about 700 meters thick.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katla_volcano
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7c/Location_of_Katlas_caldera.png


User currently offlineBuyantUkhaa From Mongolia, joined May 2004, 2856 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1494 times:

Quoting eaa3 (Reply 4):
Katla is indeed under a much larger glacier than Eyjafjallajökull. It is also much thicker, or about 700 meters thick.

So the disruption would be far greater. I read about the 1785 eruption, not good...



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