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Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Will Iceland's Most Dangerous Volcano Katla Erupt?
A series of earthquakes beneath the glaciers of Iceland have experts and scientists worried that the island's most feared volcano Katla may be poised for an eruption in the near future. Earthquake swarms and harmonic tremors have been monitored for the past several months, giving Icelandic officials cause for major concern. The volcano's last eruption was over 93 years ago. Many experts have linked Katla with the nearby, smaller volcano Eyjafjallajokull, which erupted last year and caused immense traveling chaos throughout Europe when countless flights had to be cancelled due to the massive volcanic ash cloud the volcano spewed. That troublesome ash cloud will seem insignificant if Katla is to erupt, say authorities, as Katla will more than likely erupt far more explosively and over a much longer period of time. Last year, the country's president Ólafur Grímsson warned "the time for Katla to erupt is coming close, Iceland has prepared and it is high time for European governments and airline authorities all over Europe and the world to start planning for the eventual Katla eruption".
The people of Iceland (and Europe) will be monitoring the situation very closely over the next several months.