Iceland Hekla Volcano to Erupt Soon: Scientist

  on July 07 2011 3:09 AM
Hekla volcano, Iceland
Lava flows down Mount Hekla, Iceland's most active volcano February 27, after it erupted yesterday evening for the first time in almost 10 years. The government warned people not to go too close to Hekla, situated in an unpopulated area and one of Europe's biggest volcanoes at 1,491 metres (4,892 feet) above sea level. Reuters

Scientists are prophesying that Hekla, one of Iceland’s most famous volcanoes, might be in a stage to erupt soon.

“Sensors around the volcano have shown unusual movements in the past few days and the volcano is ready to erupt,” says Pall Einarsson, a geophysics professor at the University of Iceland told Iceland review.

Since 1970, Hleka has erupted more than 4 times and once in every 10 years. The last eruption was dated February 26, 2000. It is in close proximity to the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which had exploded last year and caused a lot of brouhaha across Europe with thousands of flights being cancelled.

Last May air traffic was disrupted due to the volcanic ash which came out of the Grimsvotn volcano. The eruption was 10 times more devastating and had poured out more ash in just 36 hours than Eyjafjallajokull had done in a month’s time.

If the next eruption is of the same character (as the previous ones) it is unlikely that it will have any effects on flights in Europe,” CNN reported quoting Geophysicist Ari Trausit Gudmundsson.

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