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Will Katla Volcano Erupt?

One of the most feared volcano is Katla in southern Iceland. Yesterday we reported on increased seismic activity in Katla.

Two earthquakes of magnitude 3.2 occurred in the Katla caldera in Mýrdalsjökull glacier, South Iceland, shortly before 4 am this morning. Around ten earthquakes followed, according to the Icelandic Met Office.

Most people still remember the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010, an eruption that stopp air traffic in much of Europe for days. Historically, eruptions in Katla have often followed eruptions in Eyjafjallajökull. Statistics also tell us that Katla erupts every fifty years on average. In two years there will be 100 years since Katla last erupted with considerable damage to the village of Vík and farms in the area.

Because Katla is under a glacier, an eruption will be accompanied with a major flood that could do considerable damage to houses, roads and bridges in the area. People who remembered the 1918 eruption shook with fear many year later when they recalled the outburst.

Nobody wants to say that an eruption is imminent, but scientist at Iceland Met keep a close eye on the powerful volcano. The video explains what happened in 1918 and might well happen again.

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