Iceland Set to Blow Its Top as Seismologists Warn Massive Volcanic Eruption May Be Imminent
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The last time that the volcano in question erupted in 2011, it led to the closure of Reykjavik’s Keflavik Airport and caused the cancellation of some 900 flights to Europe.
Grimsvotn, Iceland’s most active volcano, may be on the brink of another eruption, with seismologists from the Icelandic Meteorological Office reporting a major rise in seismic activity.
On October 1, authorities already raised the volcanic activity-related Aviation Colour Code threat level from Green (‘volcano is in normal, non-eruptive state’) to yellow (‘volcano is experiencing signs of elevated unrest above known background levels’).
It’s been nine years since Grimsvotn’s last eruption, with the volcano typically blowing its top every five-ten years, experiencing at least 65 eruptions over the past eight hundred years.
The potential eruption is bad news for commercial airlines, which are already reeling from losses caused by coronavirus-related restrictions. Iceland’s volcanos, strategically situated between Europe and North America, are infamous for their ability to cause problems for transatlantic travel.
Photo : Benjamin PothierGrimsvotn volcano in the middle of the Icecap Iceland
Volcanic ash can be extremely dangerous for aircraft, not only because they can obscure pilots’ view of their surroundings, but also due to their ability to damage or even destroy planes themselves via the tiny rock particles which the ash consists of.