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When it Rains it Pours, Volcano Edition

April 18, 2010 10:04:18.464

What Next in Iceland? If past trends repeat themselves, we could be in for a real whopper:

The eruptions of the comparatively small Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano in Iceland have historically preceded massive eruptions by the more feared Mount Katla. Experts are concerned that the present volcanic eruption could trigger activity at Mount Katla, which is potentially much more dangerous. Its last major eruption was in 1918. Icelandic volcanologists consider it plausible that Katla may erupt, and that is why they are monitoring Katla very closely right now. There are eruption channels between Eyjafjallajökull and Katla and magma could shoot into the Katla volcano. Katla might only need a nudge. Effects of Katla's eruption would put the present air travel chaos in the shade, inflicting much greater economic losses upon Europe.

Say what you will about man's impact on the environment; when Mother Nature gets going, she can really put us in our place...

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posted by James Robertson

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