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Situation Update No. 1 On 09.02.2011 at 06:24 GMT+2 Iceland’s second largest volcano looks set to blow, bringing far more chaos than last year’s eruption, geologists warned yesterday. Professor Pall Einarsson, of the University of Iceland, said unprecedented tremors gave good reason to worry. He added: “There is no doubt that lava there is slowly growing.” Bardarbunga’s last major eruption, in 1477, shot vast clouds of ash into the air and produced the biggest lava flow of the past 10,000 years. In comparison, the volcano which brought air traffic to a standstill last year, is tiny.
Situation Update No. 2 On 10.02.2011 at 17:46 GMT+2 Another volcano could be about to erupt on Iceland, threatening to spew out a blanket of dust that would dwarf last year’s eruption and ground hundreds more passenger flights. Geologists say there is a high risk of the island’s second-largest volcano Bárdarbunga erupting after an increase in the number of earthquakes around it. Pall Einarsson, a professor of geophysics at the University of Iceland, says the increased activity provides “good reason to worry”. The sustained tremors to the north-east of the remote volcano range are the strongest recorded in recent times and there was “no doubt’ the lava was rising. But he added that a low number of detection devices in the area make it difficult to predict exactly what will happen, and when. Last year’s eruption of volcanos near Eyjafjallajokull, in the south of the island, caused chaos around the world as hundreds of planes were grounded by dust and ash. The last recorded eruption of Bárdarbunga was in 1910, although experts believe a huge discharge in 1477 produced the largest lava flow of the past 10 000 years on Earth.
For cause then shown no signs of imminent eruption Bárðarbunga or elsewhere in the country. IMO has not issued a warning in the wake of seismicity that was until the past weekend. Written by watch earth scientist 09th February 15:30
Originally posted by PuterMan
reply to post by Essan
First Icelandic papers are not prone to get excited about volcanoes in Iceland, after all they live with them. If they reported the words of the geologist - who is one of Iceland's top geologists - they would have reported it as it was said and not added a scaremongering twist to it.
In the tonight news on Rúv about this area, Páll Einarsson geologist at University of Iceland says in the news on Rúv that there is a good reason to worry about this area. As it is one of the most active one in Iceland, but it is directly above the mantle plume under Iceland. Páll Einarsson also says in the news on Rúv that before the eruption in the year 1996, that took place in a volcanic ridge now named Gjálp there was a increase in earthquake activity in Kistufell field.
According to Sigurlaug Hjaltadóttir, geophysicist chemist at the IMO has been active in this area from time to time in recent months and are monitored closely and Bárðarbunga Grímsvötn. When asked about the relationship of increased activity in this region of volcanic activity Sigurlaug says the quake are still in great depth. While they are not shallow they don´t predict eruption soon. But with increased jarðskjálftavirkni in northwest Vatnajökull have a higher risk of eruption in the next year or even within a year. It is followed closely the region.
Presently, there are no signs of an imminent volcanic eruption in Iceland. The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) did not issue a warning last weekend in connection with increased seismicity beneath the Vatnajökull ice-cap. If signs of an eruption were apparent, IMO would issue a warning immediately.
Written by a specialist at 09 Feb 15:39 GMT