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Icelandís Katla Volcano Eruption Imminent: Could Surpass Last Yearís Eruption
International Business Times ^ | 10-14-2011

Posted on 10/14/2011 2:45:42 PM PDT by blam

Iceland’s Katla Volcano Eruption Imminent: Could Surpass Last Year’s Eruption

October 14, 2011 2:16 PM EST

Iceland's Katla Volcano, which has a magma chamber that is ten times the size of Eyjafjallajokull, is showing signs of an imminent eruption.

Experts are saying that should Katla erupt, the consequences could be disastrous for Europe as it could spew an ash cloud that will turn day into night. In comparison to last year's Eyjafjallajokull's eruption which grounded planes last year and cost the aviation industry nearly $2 billion dollars, Katla's could wreak havoc across Europe.
The last time Katla erupted in 1918 it spewed ash for more than a month, killed off livestock and flooded surrounding farmlands from the melted ice-sheet that covered the volcano.

Now, scientists have detected small earthquakes around Katla and seismologists are warning the population to brace for the eruption. The earthquakes have been steadily growing in strength, just last week a magnitude 4 earthquake was detected. Katla usually has a large eruption twice in a century. It is long overdue for another one, seismologists say.

"It is definitely showing signs of restlessness," said Pall Einarsson, a professor of geophysics at the University of Iceland.

Government officials already have evacuation procedures in place for communities near Katla but should the volcano erupt, people living in those areas will only have an hour to escape before the volcano erupts.

The aviation industry meanwhile remains optimistic that an eruption wouldn't put airlines out of business.

"It would take a closure greater than last May's to put people out of business," said David Henderson, spokesman for the Brussels-based Association of European Airlines.

"Everything depends on the magnitude of the eruption."

Ordinary Icelanders remain unruffled about any imminent eruption. Volcanoes have done more good than harm in Iceland being the source of cheap geothermal energy that citizens use every day. Until Katla decides to blow, Iceland is going to play a waiting game with nature's fieriest phenomenon.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: airlines; catastrophism; europe; iceland; katla; volcano
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1 posted on 10/14/2011 2:45:51 PM PDT by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

Got Food?


2 posted on 10/14/2011 2:46:54 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Thank God it`s got a shorter name.


3 posted on 10/14/2011 2:49:41 PM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: blam

On the bright side, “Katla” is pronouncable to non-Icelanders.


4 posted on 10/14/2011 2:50:31 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: blam
I don't expect an exact answer; but, does "imminent" mean sometime this month, sometime in the next 6 months, or does it mean tomorrow?
5 posted on 10/14/2011 2:50:36 PM PDT by PENANCE
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To: blam

Wherever I go I hope there’s rum.


6 posted on 10/14/2011 2:51:16 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: blam
Katla is getting restless again.


7 posted on 10/14/2011 2:52:28 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: PENANCE

” does “imminent” mean sometime this month, sometime in the next 6 months, or does it mean tomorrow? “

Yep...

;)

(Sorry - fought the temptation, and lost..)


8 posted on 10/14/2011 2:52:28 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: blam

Eyjafjallajokull?

Pat, can I SELL a vowel?


9 posted on 10/14/2011 2:52:32 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: blam

It’s the end of the world as we know it...REM


10 posted on 10/14/2011 2:53:52 PM PDT by montomike (Politics should be about service and not a lucrative, money-making opportunity!)
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To: bunkerhill7

Yep, by the time someone spits Eyjafjallajokull eruption out it is over.


11 posted on 10/14/2011 2:54:00 PM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: blam; SunkenCiv

A Black Swan for Europe stirs beneath the ice...


12 posted on 10/14/2011 2:57:06 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: montomike

and I feel fine..


13 posted on 10/14/2011 2:57:41 PM PDT by brivette
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To: blam

Katla is at least easier to spell than Eyjafjallajokull. The latter looks like cat typing.


14 posted on 10/14/2011 2:57:44 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: blam
I know they have to go off, that's what they do, but wouldn't it be nice to tap into that geotherm energy and make electricity bigtime to help stall and minimize the more dangerous ones.

Sure it would be expensive & dangerous, but we already do that with nukes so have at it, There's more energy there anyway.

15 posted on 10/14/2011 3:00:36 PM PDT by de.rm ('Most people never believe anything you tell them unless it isn't true."-Groucho Marx)
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To: de.rm

while you are tecnically correct, nuclear energy is far easier to control.


16 posted on 10/14/2011 3:02:59 PM PDT by brivette
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To: de.rm

while you are tecnically correct, nuclear energy is far easier to control.


17 posted on 10/14/2011 3:03:09 PM PDT by brivette
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To: HiTech RedNeck

18 posted on 10/14/2011 3:05:14 PM PDT by Hugin ("A man'll usually tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear it"--- Open Range)
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To: blam

Just what we need - the Canary Islands to blow and Iceland to explode.

Atlantic Tsunamis R Us.


19 posted on 10/14/2011 3:05:14 PM PDT by sodpoodle (God is ignoring me - because He is watching you)
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To: brivette

while you are tecnically correct, nuclear energy is far easier to control.
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And we still have 3 destroyed nuclear reactors pumping radioactive contamination into the air around the clock for the foreseeable future.....


20 posted on 10/14/2011 3:05:17 PM PDT by ransomnote
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