Europe on ALERT: Earthquake rocks Iceland’s biggest volcano as it prepares to BLOW

Saturday, July 29, 2017
By Paul Martin

THE biggest volcano in Iceland is ready to erupt after a swarm of earthquakes – and could spark a repeat of 2010’s flight chaos.

By Nicholas Bieber
29th July 2017

The Katla volcano is now on yellow alert after a 3-magnitude earthquake was recorded in the early hours of this morning.

The quake was followed by smaller tremors, and coincided with a glacial flood at a nearby river – potentially caused by rising lava.

Roads have now been shut in the area surrounding the river and volcano amid fears of an imminent eruption of the country’s most powerful volcano.

Earlier this month, a volcano researcher who studies Iceland’s volcanoes told Daily Star Online “an eruption might happen in the next few weeks or months”.

Jon Frimann, who is also the author behind website Iceland Volcano Reports, explained: “Earthquake activity is increasing in Katla

“There is no way to know for sure (however) when a volcano is going to erupt. It might be possible with a few hours’ warning.

“In the case of Katla that window is from one hour up to eight hours as an eruption happens after a strong earthquake swarm in the volcano.”

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