Police Ask People Hiking Hekla to Bring Mobile

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Police Ask People Hiking Hekla to Bring Mobile

By Zoë Robert
Hekla volcano

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The police in Rangárvallasýsla recommend that people who intend on hiking up Hekla volcano take their mobile phones with them so that if measurements show that an eruption is imminent, they can be contacted via sms.

As reported earlier today, the volcano’s magma chamber is now almost full, according to Páll Einarsson, professor in geophysics at University of Iceland, indicating that an eruption could occur sometime soon.

Geologists have been expecting an eruption since 2006, visir.is reports. 

During the last eruption, in 2000, it took just 79 minutes from the first quake until the eruption, and Páll says that was longer than in previous eruptions so scientists might only get one hour’s notice.

Because of the unpredictable nature of Hekla and other volcanoes, police have decided against banning people from walking up the volcano.

A webcam of Hekla can be viewed here

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