Saturday, April 17, 2010

Hundreds Flee Icelandic Volcano Eruption:Triggers Fears for Glacier

Telegraph:"The last time the volcano erupted was in the 1820s. Scientists can see lava flows in the half-mile long fissure, and authorities are watching for further activity..."

A volcano that has been dormant for almost 200 years has erupted in Iceland
Authorities evacuated hundreds of people after a volcano erupted beside a glacier in southern Iceland, Iceland's civil protection agency said on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The eruption occurred beside the Eyjafjallajokull glacier, the fifth largest in Iceland. Authorities initially said the eruption was below the glacier, triggering fears that it could lead to flooding from glacier melt, but scientists conducting an aerial survey in daylight located the eruption and said it did not occur below ice.
"The eruption is a small one," said Agust Gunnar Gylfason, a risk analyst at the Civil Protection Department.
"An eruption in and close to this glacier can be dangerous due to possible flooding if the fissure forms under the glacier," he said. "That is why we initiated our disaster response plan."
The last time the volcano erupted was in the 1820s...

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