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Game of Thrones Causes Katla Eruption Concerns

The Icelandic emergency hotline 112 received a call this morning where mysterious bright lights in the hills of the glacier Mýrdalsjökull were reported. Callers wondered whether an eruption had started in the volcano Katla, which lies underneath the icecap.


Mýrdalsjökull. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Broadcaster RÚV reported that they had received enquiries from Norway as to whether lava had started streaming down the glacier’s slopes—they had noticed the bright lights on Míla’s webcam, which is used to observe the volcano in collaboration with the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police’s Civil Protection Department and RÚV, reports.

However, upon inspection it turned out that the bright lights were caused by the television crew filming the HBO series Game of Thrones who were up early to catch the right light conditions.

The crew has been in Iceland since mid-November shooting scenes for the show and started out at Vatnajökull further to the east but have now apparently moved on to Mýrdalsjökull.

Katla has been under close observation lately due to seismic activity in the caldera.

Click here to read more about the earthquakes in Katla and here to read more about Game of Thrones.


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