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Katla Volcano Could Erupt

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Katla Volcano Could Erupt

Mýrdalsjökull.

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Kristín Jónsdóttir, natural hazard program director at the Icelandic Met Office, states scientists are puzzled by the series of tremors in Katla volcano in the past 24 hours, RÚV reports. The seismic activity included three earthquakes in excess of magnitude 3.

“It’s been a long time since Katla erupted, and this could just as well end with an eruption. It’s just impossible to tell right now,” she commented.

Another concern is melting under the ice cap of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which, if it occurred, would cause a glacial outburst flood.

A meeting is scheduled at 2 pm for representatives of the Civil Protection in Iceland, the Institute of Earth Sciences, and the Icelandic Met Office, to assess the situation.

Kristín added, “This could just as well die down, and nothing would result. We simply can’t say at this stage.”

The strongest earthquake overnight, which measured 3.7, was felt in Þórsmörk. Halldór Jón Theodórsson, park ranger, felt the quake and began preparing. He has closed all camp sites far way from the mountain cabin in Básar, to make it easier to gather peope on short notice.

“I think we’re all ready for her when she comes. This is well organized, I think, where people are supposed to go and such if there is a flood here out west by the cliffs,” said Ólafur Þórðarson, a resident of Vík í Mýrdal.

Here is a link to a webcam by Katla.

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