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Hekla volcano in South Iceland shows unusual activity - Warnings issued
03-26-2013, 08:49 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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The National Commissioner, and the chief of the police at Hvolsvollur town, in South Iceland, have declared a Civil Protection State of Uncertainty because of seismic activity in the volcano Hekla. The Icelandic Meteorology Office has informed the Civil Protection division of the National Commissioner about this activity. The Icelandic Met Office has also raised the alert level for air traffic around Hekla to yellow, which means that the volcano shows unusual activity.

Mr. Martin Hensch, earthquake expert at the Icelandic Met Office said: "Hekla volcano erupted last time without any warning". For the past two weeks seismic activity has been taking place in the volcano, at around 11km depth. There have been around seven earthquakes, all below one on Richter, says Martin. He added "This is quite unusual activity in the volcano".

No magma movements have been noticed yet according to Martin, but there might be some pressure building up. "We are not very worried that an eruption is going to take place, but predicting an eruption in Hekla volcano is nearly impossible. The last time the volcano erupted we only knew it one hour in advance." he said.


03-26-2013, 09:23 PM #2
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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ruh roh...

Last time Iceland had a big belch Europe's air traffic took a gigantic hit. damned.gif
03-26-2013, 09:25 PM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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Yeah that's what I was thinking. Easter is probably a big traveling event so that could turn bad.
03-26-2013, 10:13 PM #4
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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yup.gif Could turn nasty real quick. Something to keep a close eye on.


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03-26-2013, 10:14 PM #5
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03-26-2013, 10:17 PM #6
Octo Mother Superior
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There's some volcano webcams here, if you scroll down you'll find Hekla

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03-26-2013, 10:40 PM #7
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El Hierro and Now Hekla uhoh.gif


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