Experts have warned us that a giant Icelandic volcano is currently gearing up for an eruption. The explosion will reportedly be much more devastating compared to the one from 2010 which managed to disrupt air travel.
Katla is a highly hazardous volcano in Iceland and it’s showing signs that it could be about to blow its top, according to researchers.
Katla volcano is currently emitting carbon dioxide on a massive scale
Icelandic and British volcanologists have detected that Katla is currently emitting carbon dioxide on a massive scale which suggests magma chambers are filling up really fast.
Sunday Times reported that scientists believe that this could indicate that an eruption might be on its way. Such an eruption is also set to overshadow the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010.
This saw a vast choking veil of boiling-hot ash drift into the world’s busiest airspace, effectively grounding all European air travel.
A research report recently published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters found that Katla was releasing between 12 and 24 kilotons of carbon dioxide every day.
There are only two other volcanos in the world that are currently generating more.
Experts should be keeping an eye on Katla
In the journal, the team wrote: “Through high-precision airborne measurements and atmospheric dispersion modeling, we show that Katla, a highly hazardous subglacial volcano which last erupted 100 years ago, is one of the largest volcanic sources of CO2 on Earth, releasing up to 5% of total global volcanic emissions.”
Sarah Barsotti, coordinator for volcanic hazards at the Icelandic Meteorological Office, said “There is no way of telling when it will erupt, just that it will.”
Researcher Evgenia Ilyinskaya said that “There must also be a magma build-up to release this quantity of gas. It is well known from other volcanoes, for example in Hawaii and Alaska, that CO2 emissions increase weeks or years ahead of eruptions.”
All signs suggest the fact that the world should be keeping an eye on Katla.
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