Katla Volcano in Iceland ‘About to Erupt,’ Report Says

Your Mates Who Are In Europe May Not Make It Home As A Huge Volcano Might Be About To Explode

Your Mates Who Are In Europe May Not Make It Home As A Huge Volcano Might Be About To Explode

The Sunday Times reported that Katla, which is 5,000 feet tall, is showing signs it is "about to erupt".

The translation of Katla is "kettle" or "boiler" and its "overdue" eruption is likely to overshadow the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010, which led to thousands of passengers being stranded as the ash plume from the volcano halted air traffic across all of Europe, with a domino effect across the world.

Early reports, that were pushed in the Geophysical Research Letters journal have found that it is now releasing between 12 and 24 kilotons of carbon dioxide every day, which makes it one of the 'largest volcanic sources of CO2 on the planet'.

"It is well known from other volcanoes, for example in Hawaii and Alaska, that Carbon dioxide emissions increase weeks or years ahead of eruptions".

A Russian-Icelandic volcanologist has exploded on Twitter, berating the news media for exaggerating her research into Iceland's Katla volcano by claiming that it was due to erupt soon, dwarfing previous major eruptions. "This is significant in a context of a growing awareness that natural Carbon dioxide sources have to be more accurately quantified in climate assessments and we recommend urgent investigations of other subglacial volcanoes worldwide", reads an abstract of the study.

In an article for IFL Science, Dr Robin George Andrews, science journalist and experimental volcanologist, has now warned that predicting when Katla will erupt "isn't yet possible".

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Sarah Barsottie, co-ordinatorb for volcanic hazards at the Icelandic Meteorological Office, told the Sunday Times the level of disruption from this latest Icelandic eruption will depend on the "intensity of the eruption and the direction of the winds at the time".

Ilyinskaya and her team said that more studies were needed to confirm whether the amount of magma was increasing over time. This is a clear sign we need to keep a close eye on Katla.

In 2010, Eyjafjallajokull's eruption engulfed Europe with dense ash clouds stranding worldwide air for weeks on an end.

Eyjafjallajökull lies about 16 miles west of Katla.

Not everyone believes the inevitable is going to take place as do a professor of geophysics at the University of Iceland, Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson. In a Facebook post, he said there is a lack of historic data on gas emissions from the mountain.

There is also evidence the volcano's magma chamber is filling at an alarming rate.

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