The situation with volcanic activity in Iceland is getting even more complicated, and residents of numerous places have been evacuated due to the danger that a volcanic eruption could “swallow” entire cities. However, what worries scientists even more is whether 2010 could be repeated.
Namely, in 2010, after the eruption of the Eyjafjallajoekulla volcano, volcanic dust rose into the atmosphere and completely blocked air traffic in most of Europe.
“Volcanic ash in the atmosphere could cause disruptions in air traffic and potentially damage jet engines,” say meteorologists.
However, the volcanic characteristics of the volcano from 2010 and the currently active volcano near the town of Grindavik are different, which may mean that the situation for air traffic will not be so serious.
“The Eyjafjallajoekull volcano is located at a high altitude and is essentially covered by an ice glacier. The volcano near Grindavik is not enclosed in an ice cap, but if it erupts, it can still release volcanic ash into the atmosphere,” they said.
By the way, the town of Girndavik was completely evacuated after volcanic activity was discovered.
“The region was hit by hundreds of smaller earthquakes. This happened over a period of two years,” it was emphasized.