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Another Icelandic Volcano Threatening Eruption
2011-10-16 04:42:55

An Icelandic volcano, dubbed by Daily Mirror reporter Mike Swain as "one of the most feared volcanoes in the world," could be close to a major eruption that would "dwarf" those originating from the nearby Eyjafjallajokull last year. In 2010, the Eyjafjallajokull eruptions created an ash cloud which left planes grounded, stranded travelers, and ultimately cost the European economy more than $1.5 billion. Even so, that eruption was classified as a minor one. Katla, the volcano currently...

Iceland Keeps Eye On Katla Volcano After Tremors
2011-09-07 09:33:03

  Iceland´s Katla volcano has been the site of small but increasing earthquake activity but scientists said Tuesday there is no immediate concern that the increased seismic activity will trigger a dangerous eruption. Earthquakes around Katla are common, increases in cluster earthquakes are not, reports the Associated Press (AP). “It´s one of the most feared volcanos, so we´re closely monitoring it,” Pall Einarsson of the University of Iceland told AP's...

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2011-05-23 06:05:00

After lying dormant underneath a glacier since 2004, a volcano in Iceland began spewing steam, ash and smoke into the upper atmosphere on Sunday. Despite the impressive show, this eruption is less likely to endanger air traffic as a similar eruption last did last year. Closing the main airport in the country as a precaution, pilots were warned to steer clear of Iceland as areas close to the Grimsvotn (GREEMSH-votn) volcano were plunged into darkness. Scientists, however, explain that another...

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2010-09-17 06:30:00

Experts say that another volcanic eruption on Iceland could happen again soon, but will likely cause much less chaos than the one that caused air traffic to shutdown earlier this year. The Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which began erupting on April 14, spewed enough ash into the atmosphere to cause the largest-scale European airspace shutdown since World War II. University of Iceland geologist Armann Hoskuldsson told an international conference in Keflavik that the event "was very unusual."...

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2010-05-11 07:13:05

Although the Eyjafjoell volcano in Iceland has continued to erupt since April 14, it is spewing far less ash than last week when it caused new interruptions to flights throughout Europe, according to a geologist on Monday. The volcano was responsible for the massive shutdown in flights across Europe last month, the likes of which have not been seen since World War II. The shutdown affected more than 100,000 flights and eight million passengers over a week. Last Thursday, a secondary...

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2010-04-25 13:09:40

High-resolution visible and thermal infrared images captured by a joint NASA-Japanese satellite sensor and compiled by University of Pittsburgh volcanologist Michael Ramsey provide the first clear glimpse of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull that disrupted air travel worldwide after it began erupting April 14. Ramsey, an associate professor in Pitt's Department of Geology and Planetary Science, collected images taken by NASA's Earth-orbiting Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission...

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2010-04-22 11:15:00

Despite strong tremors in the area, much less ash and smoke were rising from the Iceland volcano that crippled European air travel for much of the past week. Meanwhile, skies started to clear in Europe, which led to a rare sighting of blue skies in countries where such sights are usually obstructed by airplane exhaust fumes, according to Associated Press (AP) writers Joji Sakurai and Karl Ritter. "Just as city lights make it necessary for us to go to the desert to appreciate the true glitter...

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2010-04-21 06:10:00

As airports across Europe reopened Tuesday and the long process of returning thousands of stranded passengers to their homes began, the ongoing fallout of recent volcanic eruptions in Iceland delayed the delivery of polio vaccine to Africa and caused concern that another, more dangerous eruption could soon occur at another nearby volcano. Last Wednesday, the volcano located beneath the Eyjafjallajokull glacier began erupting, spewing ash that covered local farmland, shot as high as 30,000...

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2010-04-17 11:00:00

In the past, volcanic eruptions have had a cooling effect on the Earth's climate, but the recent Icelandic eruption is too small to provide any relief from manmade global warming, scientists said on Friday. The biggest cooling event of the last 30 years was the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo, which cooled the Earth's surface by nearly 1 degree Fahrenheit over the following year. This, in turn, was enough to offset the impact of greenhouse gases from 1991 to 1993. The Mount St. Helens...


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Katla Volcano
2014-04-08 11:22:12

Katla Volcano, also known simply as Katla, is an active subglacial volcano that is located in southern Iceland. It reaches an elevation of 4,961 feet and encompasses an area of 230 square miles, making it one of the largest volcanoes in Iceland. Its caldera reaches a diameter of six miles and it is occasionally somewhat covered by the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. The volcano was named for its kettle like shape and its name is often given as a female first name. Katla is thought to have...

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