Update: Iceland volcano Bardarbunga still potentially close to eruption

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Following evacuations of the immediate area around the Bardarbunga volcano earlier this week, today there are multiple reports out of Iceland of continued seismic activity, as well as preparations amongst emergency workers for a possible eruption. See the CauseScience post from earlier this week on increased Bardarbunga seismic activity

Three big earthquakes have shaken the area of an Icelandic volcano, local media report, as some two hundred emergency workers and other professionals prepare for a massive eruption.  

Iceland scientists were poring over the seismic data, with one central fear focusing on flooding which would be created as a massive eruption melted the Vatnajokull glacier which is up to 800 metres thick.

Aside from immediate effects of flooding, one major concern is the impact an eruption could have on international air travel.

There has been intense seismic activity at Bardarbunga since Aug. 16 and the aviation industry is readying for potential disruption on the scale of the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, whose ash cloud shut down much of Europe’s airspace for six days, affecting more than 10 million people and costing $1.7 billion US.

Iceland volcano Bardarbunga showing increased seismic activity, possible signs of eruption

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Looks like another icelandic volcano might becoming more active in our near future. Here is the news article on independent.ie that describes the recent increase in seismic activity. Hopefully if Bardarbunga does erupt, it won’t cause as many travel headaches as the previous Icelandic volcano to erupt, Eyjafjallajokull.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office declared an orange aviation alert (the second highest on its five-grade scale) and confirmed that the risk of an eruption had increased yesterday.

Bardarbunga is Iceland’s largest volcanic system, located under the ice cap of the Vatnajokull glacier in the southwest of Iceland. It is in a different range to Eyjafjallajokull.

– See more at: http://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/experts-still-watching-bardarbunga-volcano-after-intense-series-of-earthquakes-30519966.html#sthash.Dpmqb7iB.dpuf