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Map reveals Iceland earthquake locations as experts warn volcano could erupt within ‘hours or days’


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I hope it doesn't severely impact air travel.

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1 hour ago, and-then said:

I hope it doesn't severely impact air travel.

It's already happening. I watched a video about this last night. A geologist was showing on maps how this volcano may erupt but I can't find it now. From the sound of it, this is going to happen soon and it probably won't be good. There's been frequent swarms of earthquakes in the last 48 hours that have moved around, many in the 5.0 and up range.

Iceland evacuates town and raises aviation alert as concerns rise a volcano may erupt - ABC News (go.com

This isn't the same video but the same geologist. This is an update from the one I watched last night. He's very good.

 

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This is his update for tonight. This eruption is imminent can happen within hours or maybe days. They are just waiting to see where the magma comes to the surface. The exact location is not known. The magma is now much closer to the surface at about 800 meters. They've added the possibility of a submarine eruption. The earthquakes are now less frequent and a lower magnitude. He shows pictures of earthquake damage to roads in the town of Grindavik. It will happen within the next couple of days but could be tonight.

 

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9 hours ago, and-then said:

I hope it doesn't severely impact air travel.

Not likely, according to my favorite geologist, who has been trying to separate the facts from fiction. It’s over my head, but he explains the situation very well.

 

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Update from this morning. An upswing in earthquakes but none above a 3.0. They're at shallow depths. The town is evacuated although some were allowed back to a specific area. Everyone is out of harm's way. 

 

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Iceland volcano: What’s going on and what are the risks? | CNN

Scientists monitoring the situation, including those at Iceland’s Met Office, observed changes to the situation on Sunday that could indicate “magma is moving closer to the surface,” and concluded on Monday that “the greatest area of magma upwelling” is in an area 3.5 kilometers (two miles) northeast of Grindavík.

A 15-kilometer- (nine-mile-) long magma corridor now stretches from just northwest of Grindavík into the Atlantic Ocean, according to the Civil Protection Agency, which used models built from data collected in the area on Saturday.

 

If the magma erupts beneath the sea, it will be more explosive than if it erupts on land, experts say, though an eruption on land would be a greater threat to Grindavík itself.

“If it erupts undersea, it could cause a Surtseyan eruption similar to the one that happened in 1963, also in Iceland, and created the island of Surtsey. That particular eruption lasted several years, so this is a possibility,” he added.

Bill McGuire, Professor Emeritus of Geophysical & Climate Hazards at University College London, said in a statement that there “is no reason, currently, to think that this eruption will be especially big,” though he noted that “it is notoriously hard to forecast how big an eruption will be.”

“The evacuated town of Grindavík is very close to the position of the new fracture, and its survival is far from assured,” he added. “Everything depends upon where magma eventually reaches the surface, but the situation doesn’t look good for the residents of the town.”

After scientists said they couldn’t rule out the magma tunnel reaching Grindavík, the Civil Protection Agency evacuated the town on Friday night, though some residents were allowed back to one area on Sunday under police escort to retrieve pets and essential items.

 

“Toxic fumes are a real concern, the main being sulfur dioxide which can be corrosive and cause breathing problems,” Paulatto added. “It’s not something we need to worry about in the UK, but the local population and tourists can be affected depending on the prevailing wind direction.”

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My niece is hugely disappointed by the timing of this. She has had a fascination with volcanoes since she was a young child. Her degree was in geography and natural disasters (something like that anyway). She returned from a holiday in Iceland just as all this started. She's rather disappointed not to have seen the eruption.

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Smoke is rising up in Grindavik.

 

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Here's the update for today.

 

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Could the ice land eruption affect the Yellowstone ?

 

Magnitude 2.8 earthquake
50 miles from
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1 hour ago, docyabut2 said:

Could the ice land eruption affect the Yellowstone ?

 

Magnitude 2.8 earthquake
50 miles from

No docy. There's nothing to worry about. There's a lot of volcanic activity going on now but none of it will affect Yellowstone. That's one of the most monitored sites in the world.

46 Volcanoes Are Erupting Right Now—What That Means for Us (msn.com)

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Here's an update from yesterday. Sulfur Dioxide gas has been detected in Grindavik. Earthquake activity is continuing. The largest was a 3.1 but most are smaller. It sounds like there was a 3.8 in another area. Now that the gases have found a way to the surface, the magma will also have a conduit when an eruption returns. 

 

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Today's update. No eruption as of yet. He explains why. Magma has been confirmed in Grindavik and the ground has sunk.

 

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When is the eruption going to happen? 🌋

https://www.vedur.is/um-vi/frettir/jardskjalftahrina-nordan-vid-grindavik-hofst-i-nott

In Icelandic, but easily translated. Decrease in seismicity. They suggest magma would reach the surface north of the town.

Since magma flows downhill, at least during periods of observation, that would still reflect a threat to the town. If I can read a topo map still...

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Seismic activity has decreased but they aren't cancelling a chance for eruption yet. 

 

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This is an update from yesterday from the geology professor. Seismic activity has decreased over the last 2 days and the uplift continues though may be slowing down. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlsXbPmMLPshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnDtmNqxikA

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Iceland has been rocked by 180 earthquakes in the last 48 hours in areas both near and far from the town of Grindavik, the Icelandic Met Office has reported.

The magnitude of the earthquakes ranged from 0.7 to 2.4, with the highest magnitude quake striking on Monday morning.

MSN

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Didn't see a video from the geologist I've been posting but I found this.

The Iceland 100ft Volcano Crack Is About To Cause The BIGGEST Eruption In Europe - YouTube

A bad eruption in Indonesia also. This video was posted an hour ago. Here's a CBS News link to it also.

11 hikers dead, 12 missing after Indonesia volcano erupts (msn.com)

 

 

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