Near the largest Icelandic volcano Katla seismic activity has increased significantly. In recent days, scientists have recorded several small earthquakes reportedAssociated Press.
«This is one of the most dangerous volcanoes, so we closely follow him. Earthquakes near Katla happen regularly, but quite unusual, is now a series of small earthquakes occur almost every ten minutes, «- said Pall Einarsson of the University of Iceland.
Volcanic activity around Katla started to increase in July, but has only recently reached the tremors of magnitude 3.0.
Iceland is located in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a high level of volcanic activity. Large volcanic eruptions have occurred repeatedly in the history of Iceland, says Associated Press.
Scientists can not predict the exact time of the eruption of volcanoes, but we know that the earthquake may be preceded by volcanic activity.
Last year, the volcano Eyyafyadlaekyudl, much smaller in size than Katla, a few daysparalyzed air travel in Europe because of the volcanic ash cloud.
As the history of Iceland, a volcano often wakes after eruptions on Eyyafyadlaekyudle. Katla erupts every 80 years, and the last time he woke up in 1918 — wrote»Times»
IcelandIceland is located in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which is quite typical for a high level of volcanic activity. Large volcanic eruptions have occurred repeatedly in the history of Iceland, for example, the volcano Katla is waking up about once every 80 years. His last recorded eruption in 1918. Now, however, the increased seismic activity in the Katla unusual series of small earthquakes. which happens almost every 10 minutes, pushing reach magnitude 3.2.
In the past year, due to the volcanic eruption Eyyafyadlayokyudl, which is much smaller than Katla, a few days was paralyzed air travel in Europe because of the volcanic ash cloud.
Scientists predict that Iceland’s new cataclysms
Earthquake of magnitude 3.2, recorded Icelandic weather service near Katla volcano on Friday morning, has allowed scientists to determine the most likely «candidates to the eruption» of Icelandic volcanoes, said in a Friday newspaper Iceland Review.
This earthquake was the continuation of seismic activity in the region. Earlier on Sunday, there were two tremors, east of the volcano Hekla a magnitude of 2.4 and near the volcano Katla magnitude 2.3. The strength of the current earthquakes, as noted in the article, does not exceed the maximum value for Iceland this summer: the most violent shocks that occurred in the area of the volcano Katla in July, had a magnitude of 3.8.
According to the newspaper, geologists are expecting an early disasters, but volcanoes Hekla and Katla can be considered as the next «candidates for the eruption.»
Earlier Icelandic media quoted the scientists reported that the earthquake occurred on Sunday, did not indicate an awakening volcano.