Iceland’s most active volcano could erupt soon

Grímsvötn in 2011 © AFP

Grímsvötn, Iceland’s most active volcano, is being closely watched this weekend. It is considered an eruption of a volcano.

Lawrence TurkSource: Belgian

Grímsvötn is hidden under a thick layer of ice from a melting glacier. Due to the sudden influx of millions of liters of meltwater, a phenomenon called “jökulhlaup”, the ice sheet tens of meters has collapsed in the past 10 days. This reduces pressure on the volcano, which could lead to an eruption. This happened in 2004, among other things, although small earthquakes were measured at that time, but not now.

Iceland’s Meteorological Institute expects the glacial flood to reach its peak on Sunday. Grímsvötn eruptions occur every five to ten years. Based on measurements and observations, scientists agree that the volcano is about to erupt. But it is impossible to predict whether it will happen because of this flood.”

The melting of Iceland’s glaciers has been linked to global warming.

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