By Gage Simpson, Owner of New Frontier News
NEW FRONTIER NEWS – The Bárðarbunga volcano in Iceland is worrying the airline industry because it might erupt soon. The last time Bárðarbunga erupted was in 2014, causing minor disruptions to air commerce.
The concern is the four separate earthquakes that struck the area around the island, all four occurring within the timespan of two hours and each of them respectively measuring 3.9, 3.2, 4.7 and 4.7 on the Richter scale. While this may be a worrying sign, scientists do not think the earthquakes will trigger an eruption, but earthquakes do show worrying signs that the volcano could erupt soon. Though the earthquakes could reveal that the volcano may erupt, it is plausible that the volcano may not erupt soon; it took nearly 4 years of activity before the last eruption occurred. The last major eruption, Eyjafjallajökull, disrupted the air traffic of over 100,000 aircraft, causing nearly 10 million airline passengers were left stranded.
Iceland is no stranger to volcanic activity since it houses volcanos everywhere across the island, but Bárðarbunga is one of the largest present. One-third of the volcano is hidden under a massive glacier, which makes an eruption especially dangerous. Not only are glacier-bound volcanoes are much more explosive, they spew much finer ash. This finer ash will stay in the atmosphere longer than normal, and the heat from the lava will create floods from the glacier melt water. This could be mitigated by the locations remoteness.
No one knows when the volcano will actually erupt, but scientist are keeping an eye on it.
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