Thursday, May 27, 2010

If Katla erupts it's gonna become a Soccer World Kak

The eruption of the long-dormant Eyjafjallajökull volcano has prompted fears among some geophysicists that it might trigger an eruption at the larger and more dangerous Katla. In the past 1,000 years, all three known eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull have triggered subsequent Katla eruptions. The report concludes that future moderately to highly explosive Icelandic eruptions combined with appropriate weather conditions are highly likely to cause a repeat of the recent air transport disruption.

SHOOT: This doesn't bode well, but on the bright side, South Africa tends to be on a flight path that will only pose a problem, possibly for some European fans coming to support their teams, principally England. It seems melting ice is causing terra firma to rise, flex causing volcanoes and earthquakes, something we might see more of elsewhere too.

In a report published today, experts from the newly formed UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction warn that with the high frequency of eruptions of Katla, an eruption in the short term is a strong possibility.
Katla eruption would have global consequences

The authors warn that an eruption of Katla is likely to be preceded by new earthquake activity - volcanic activity at the site has increased by over 200% in recent days.

Seismic readings of the volcano indicate the tremors around the area have increased substantially.

Four earthquakes were detected near Katla during a 12-hour period on May 21st, more than at any other time since the Eyjafjallajokull volcanic eruptions first occurred in March.

Three earthquakes at the Katla Volcano were reported on Sunday evening. The tremors may have been due to ice movements within Mýrdalsjökull glacier or magma movement under the volcano.

The last earthquake to take place at the volcano was recorded yesterday.
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