Iceland’s BIGGEST volcano ‘ready to ERUPT’ risking Europe disaster after earthquake swarm

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
By Paul Martin

ICELAND’S biggest volcano has been struck by the strongest earthquakes since it last erupted – raising fears a monster ash cloud could engulf Europe.

By Joshua Nevett
31st October 2017

Last week the 6,591ft tall Bardarbunga, a “powerful and versatile” volcano, was rattled by the four largest earthquakes since it last erupted in 2014.

The earthquakes, measuring magnitude 3.9, 3.2, 4.7 and 4.7 on the Richter scale, struck the caldera region over several days last weekend.

Another magnitude 4.1 earthquake hit the 200km long and 25km wide volcanic system earlier last week and several tremors struck in September.

Páll Einarsson, a volcanology expert at the University of Iceland, said the latest quakes are part of a series that have been “in progress for two years”.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Online, he said the volcano is “clearly preparing for its next eruption” within the next few years.

The 10,000-year-old volcano spewed out large volumes of sulphur dioxide during its last seven-month eruption between August 2014 and February 2015.

Although the eruption did not disrupt flights, the emissions impacted air quality in Iceland, leading to health consequences across the country.

The Icelandic Met Office has not issued any warnings despite describing activity levels at the volcano as “high”.

The warning code is green – meaning the volcano is in a normal, non-eruptive state, according to the volcano monitor.

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