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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.


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KEYWORDS: airlines; catastrophism; europe; iceland; katla; volcano
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It's Always Something (IAS)
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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To: dfwgator

I’ll drink to that.....


21 posted on 10/14/2011 3:06:42 PM PDT by brivette
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To: dfwgator

I’ll drink to that.....


22 posted on 10/14/2011 3:06:53 PM PDT by brivette
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To: de.rm

Must have something to do with underground magma passages, that ‘Jokull goes off followed by Katla when there’s a surge of that stuff.

If the energy in that magma could be tapped, it would be awesome. It would light up Iceland without even trying. We’re talking tides of molten rock here, and scarcely anything is known to man that would withstand it. Some very refractory ceramics and tungsten, and that’s about it. If for production of work (e.g. electricity) there would need to be a heat sink to dump waste heat to, out of thermodynamic necessity. Perhaps to the ocean, but the global warmists would have a kitten.


23 posted on 10/14/2011 3:07:33 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: ransomnote

help me out here, what, where are they?


24 posted on 10/14/2011 3:09:10 PM PDT by brivette
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To: ransomnote

help me out here, what, where are they?


25 posted on 10/14/2011 3:09:32 PM PDT by brivette
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To: Travis McGee

Where’s the rest of her??


26 posted on 10/14/2011 3:10:27 PM PDT by refermech
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To: brivette
Well, nukes are really not easy to control when you consider, R E A L I T Y ( eh, eh, Japan).

I just wish we'd start working on it, I'm sure it could be done.

I'll drink to that!

I know, it'll prolly take alot of drinkin' , at risk I'm willing to take.

"Who's with me?!"

27 posted on 10/14/2011 3:11:13 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: brivette

The ones that were smashed by the tsunami in Japan. Most of the contamination is confined to a small area of Japan, but it’s still a concern.


28 posted on 10/14/2011 3:11:35 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

there was a special on one of the Discovery Channels the other night about Eyjafjallajokull.

Stunning in HD!!!


29 posted on 10/14/2011 3:11:44 PM PDT by sappy
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To: Uncle Ike
Good point.

I suppose I thought maybe they'd be able to know if it was ...like, IMMINENT imminent, ... say, in the next 24 to 48 hours. I guess they still can't say any better than what they've already said -- which is basically, "some time within the next 12 months ..... maybe."

30 posted on 10/14/2011 3:13:11 PM PDT by PENANCE
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To: de.rm

The plants in Japan were never intended to be able to withstand the kind of tsunami that struck them. Before the tsunami, Japan already had plans to replace these aging reactors with new reactors of a less hazardous design. The tsunami beat them to the punch.


31 posted on 10/14/2011 3:14:55 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: Huskrrrr

“Eyjafjallajokull?”

Hey! “Eyjafjallajokull” is my middle name!


32 posted on 10/14/2011 3:17:53 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Uncle Ike

Just in time for the London 2012 Olympics?


33 posted on 10/14/2011 3:22:47 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Obama Voters: Jose Baez wants YOU for his next jury pool.......)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

of course it is............


34 posted on 10/14/2011 3:26:43 PM PDT by brivette
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To: brivette

Fukushima, Japan. The fuel has melted through the containment structures and is thought to be residing in water filled basements or have gone further down through the basements and are feared heading to the water table but nobody knows. They are generating large amounts of contaminants around the clock. And there are signs that criticality is resuming now and then (presence of short half life isotopes). The Japanese claim that they brought one molten lump of corium to ‘cold shutdown’ status because a measurement they took somewhere under the reactor read less than 100 degrees. This hasn’t stopped the reactor from releasing contaminants. Japan promises to bring all three lumps of corium to ‘cold shutdown’ status by the end of the year. http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/search/label/cold%20shutdown


35 posted on 10/14/2011 3:27:00 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: refermech

What, she’s not enough?


36 posted on 10/14/2011 3:28:09 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Actually there are some reports by workers that pipes were damaged by the earthquake before the Tsunami hit. The plant was built on a seismically active area and TEPCO ignored warnings by researchers about the potential for a massive tsunami and vulnerabilities of its plant design (e.g., location of fuel tanks for back up generators) with respect to Tsunamis.


37 posted on 10/14/2011 3:30:01 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: blam
Meanwhile.....

Katla Volcano Could Push Airline Stocks Lower (AMR) 

38 posted on 10/14/2011 3:33:58 PM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: PENANCE

These are geologists. They think in terms of ten thousand years or more. But it could happen tomorrow. We are in a culture which expects no change and the question is whether we have lost the ability to adapt.


39 posted on 10/14/2011 3:34:51 PM PDT by Mercat
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To: HiTech RedNeck

The ones that were smashed by the tsunami in Japan. Most of the contamination is confined to a small area of Japan, but it’s still a concern.

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It’s not really a small area of Japan. Officially the figure is 3% but that number will have to grow as reality sets in. Both Tokyo and Yokohama (the two largest cities in Japan) have officially acknowledged cesium and strontium contamination of samples take from roof tops and landscaping. Tea crops 245km from the plant have been heavily contaminated. The area is larger than Japan is willing to admit. I wonder what percentage of Japan the Tsunami destroyed? Prayers for the people of Japan.


40 posted on 10/14/2011 3:37:28 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: Travis McGee

Strange, I could only see the top of her head but now a little more is loading. not bad art...


41 posted on 10/14/2011 3:40:38 PM PDT by refermech
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To: PENANCE

Well, it might not be as immemint as all that.

“Magnus Gudmundsson, a geophysicist at the University of Iceland, who has been monitoring Katla, explained to Icelandic media that increased levels of heat under the glacier and more regular earthquakes could be a long-term warning of an eruption; however, there are no immediate signs to be concerned about.”

Read more: http://www.icenews.is/index.php/2011/10/13/iceland-volcano-media-continues-to-play-up-possible-katla-eruption/#ixzz1anZ8ssxO


42 posted on 10/14/2011 3:42:30 PM PDT by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: sodpoodle

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

Atlantic Tsunamis R Us.
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That would kill the price of Myrtle Beach real estate, wouldn’t it?


43 posted on 10/14/2011 3:43:27 PM PDT by RipSawyer ("IDIOCRACY" is a documentary of current conditions in America.)
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To: Huskrrrr

Makes you glad you didn’t grow up in Iceland with the teacher handing you a list of spelling words to learn each week, doesn’t it?


44 posted on 10/14/2011 3:46:21 PM PDT by calex59
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To: brivette

“of course it is.”

Well, none of us can pronounce it.


45 posted on 10/14/2011 3:53:05 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: RipSawyer

Just for the one season;)


46 posted on 10/14/2011 3:53:37 PM PDT by sodpoodle (God is ignoring me - because He is watching you)
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To: blam

I cannot see the word “Iceland” without thinking of one of my oldest friends. This guy had a way with girls which was unbelievable absolutely incredible.

More than 40 years ago we worked together at a mountain retreat which employed a large number of college students. During that first Summer he dated Miss New Mexico. One day he told me he was going to wait until he was in his 60’s to get married and then was going to marry a model from Iceland.

Now if anyone else had told me that, I would have dismissed it as nonsense but he really meant it. Over the years I have seen him pick up girls, beautiful girls, effortlessly. We would see a girl in the mall, and he would go over and talk to her. Within a few minutes he would have a date with her. I saw him do the same thing once with a gorgeous blonde who was playing tennis on the court next to us.

He dated a former Miss Universe. He showed me pictures of them and I thought Miss New Mexico was actually prettier.

A couple of years ago he did in fact marry a twenty something year old model but she is Chinese instead of Icelandic so I guess he failed in his ultimate quest.


47 posted on 10/14/2011 3:54:54 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: mewzilla

What will it do to Netflix stock?


48 posted on 10/14/2011 3:57:18 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: Travis McGee

She sure is attractive but looks like she might not be real friendly.


49 posted on 10/14/2011 4:00:35 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: blam

Katla could be a jobs killer.

Why isn’t there an “Occupy Katla” movement there?

(And somebody needs to make sure that they stay up there even during the eruption).


50 posted on 10/14/2011 4:07:31 PM PDT by adorno (<)
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