Iceland volcano ALERT: First eruption expected in CENTURIES which could spark travel chaos

Friday, December 8, 2017
By Paul Martin

A MONSTER volcano could be on the brink of erupting for the first time in almost 300 years which would throw travel in Europe into chaos.

Fri, Dec 8, 2017

Scientists are worried that the Oraefajokull volcano in Iceland could erupt for the first time since 1728 after experts detected 160 earthquakes in the area in the past week.

The volcano, located in south east Iceland, stands at 2,110, making it the highest peak in the Nordic nation.

Experts in Iceland have raised the volcano’s alert safety code to yellow.

The University of Iceland’s Ingibjorg Jonsdottir told the Morgunbladid newspaper: “We see a greatly increased pattern of fissures around the caldera.

“It’s now more of a drop shape than a circle, lengthening towards the southwest.”

Sara Barsotti, from the country’s meteorological office, said: “Oraefajokull is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in Iceland.

“It’s a volcano for which we need to be very careful.”

Volcanologist Armann Hoskuldsson added: “The geothermal energy is still present and it shows that it is far from a normal process there.”

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