Fears Iceland’s BIGGEST volcano on verge of ERUPTING after biggest earthquake in 4 decades

Monday, August 29, 2016
By Paul Martin

ICELAND’S largest volcano has been hit by its biggest earthquakes since 1977, sparking fears of a possible eruption.

Mon, Aug 29, 2016

Two quakes measuring magnitudes 4.6 and 4.5 rocked the crater of Katla – in the south of the country – in the early hours of this morning.

The volcano has not erupted properly since 1918, when it spewed ash for more than five weeks, and is overdue to do so.

Matthew Roberts of the Icelandic Met Office said: “It is quite a dynamic situation now, in the next hours and days following this.

“But as we speak at the moment we do not see any signs that there is an imminent hazardous unrest about to happen.”

The volcano is covered by an ice cap, which should contain the lava for up to 90 minutes in the event of an eruption.

This would give time to alert the population and international air traffic, Robert said.

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