Iceland faces two volcanoes

Iceland faces two volcanoes

Just two of the volcano in Iceland is showing signs of activity, and are ready to erupt. One — one of the largest volcanoes in the country Katla, which is located near the world famous Eyjafjallajökull, but two times more powerful than him. The second — the most active volcano Hekla in Iceland, the eruption of which can last for years.

Scientists, geophysicists, ongoing monitoring of Icelandic volcano Katla, warned of its possible eruption.

"Next to the volcano began melting the ice caps, we fix minor flooding on the glacier," — said Acting Associated Press Chief of Civil Defense Agency of Iceland Iris Marelsdottir.

However, she admits that floods can be other reasons, such as high geothermal activity. "So while we can not say for sure, is preparing Katla to erupt or not," — she added.

Katla — one of the largest volcanoes in Iceland. It is located next to the world famous Eyjafjallajökull, but two times more powerful than him. Furthermore, for millennia Eyjafjallajokull served as a detonator for Katla — usually it starts to erupt after a neighbor. Last eruption of Katla was in 1918.

Interestingly, the first reports of the early activity Cuttle appeared a year ago, soon after, in May 2010 Eyjafjallajökull extinguished. As already written EUROMAG, then a warning issued by British scientists, which recorded increase in magma at Katla. Moreover, according to the forecast, volcanic eruption will contribute a strong earthquake, which would result in flooding and melting glaciers in Iceland.

In the last week this is the second warning of the onset of activity of Icelandic volcanoes. Last Thursday, volcanologists have warned of a possible eruption of Hekla volcano. It is the most active volcano in Iceland, even in ancient times known as "The gates of hell."

Hekla is known for its strength and duration of the eruption is almost impossible to predict — it may last from several days to several months. For example, the eruption, which began March 29, 1947 and ended only in April 1948. The last eruption of Hekla was in 2000.

However, over a possible eruption of Hekla Iceland geophysicist Pall Einarsson Icenews in an interview said that journalists "are speculating his statement about the imminent eruption of a volcano." "With reference to me they [British journalists] write that Hekla eruption soon begin, but it is not. When I say "soon", I mean three or four years. But for journalists and geophysicists term "soon" seems to mean different things, "- he explained.

Geophysicist assured that increasing magma in a volcano does not mean the imminent and inevitable eruption. "They [journalists] do sensation from scratch" — complains Pall Einarsson.

In this regard, he recalled the February story, when newspapers around the world, with reference to a reported possible eruption of Iceland's second largest volcano Bardarbunga. As reported EUROMAG, in February 2011, Pall Einarsson said that the number of earthquakes around Bardarbungi increased several times, that "not a cause for concern." In addition, scientists do not rule out that the eruption of the volcano could "overshadow the strength and effects of the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull." Now, in an interview with Einarsson Icenews assured that his words "not translated from Icelandic" and of no eruption he had not spoken.

Last spewing Icelandic volcano Grimsvotn was. Its eruption began on 21 May 2011 and lasted about a week.

How then wrote EUROMAG, Grimsvotn ash flew to the Continent and broke flights in Ireland, the UK, Norway, Denmark, Germany and nearby countries. Grimsvotn eruption of Icelandic scientists first warned in November 2010.

Alex Chernega

euromag.ru

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