About to blow
Posted on: August 29, 2014
If you are a regular aviation traveller, many of you will remember the spring of 2010 - and not for good reasons. The eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland resulted in a week of chaos across Northern Europe as more than 100,000 flights were cancelled. Now experts at the Icelandic Met Office have fears of a similar event, as seismic activity around the Bardarbunga volcano has intensified over recent weeks.
This activity has resulted in the country raising its volcano warning level from orange to red - the highest point on its scale. The move has increased fears that a similar level of travel disruption could follow any resulting eruption, with Met Office scientist Kristin Jonsdottir quoted as saying “There has been intense earthquake activity at the volcano. We cannot exclude that this could be a big eruption.”
There are also fears that a very big eruption could result in Britain experiencing an extremely cold winter as the ash thrown into the atmosphere reflects the sun's light away from the Earth - a phenomenon known as the ‘haze effect’Read full article