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Iceland on 'Red Alert' After Major Volcano Begins Erupting

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
    Portland, OR
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    A major volcano in Iceland that's been acting up for days now has begun erupting, forcing the country to issue a red alert. The Bardarbunga volcano is over 15 miles wide and is the second highest mountain in Iceland. Scientists have been warning about a pending eruption for the past week after thousands of small earthquakes were detected around the mountain.

    The eruption is still contained under 500 meters (1,640 feet) of sold ice, but has the potential to cause major flooding and disrupt world air travel if it breaks through the ice and spews ash up into the atmosphere. The last major Icelandic eruption wreaked havoc on world air travel, grounding more than 100,000 flights and causing over 1.7 billion dollars in losses for airlines.

    It will be interesting to see what happens with this eruption. Volcanoes are always something that have fascinated me and this one has the potential to be massive. I do worry about the possibility of severe flooding and other side effects of a major eruption though. Five hundred meters of melted ice is a whole lot of water, but thankfully the volcano is not near any densely populated area and the Icelandic government has already evacuated hundreds of people who live close to the volcano.

    Has anyone been keeping up with this eruption? Do you think that it has the potential to be as big as Iceland's last major eruption in 2010 or will the ice sheet hold firm and prevent the lava from breaking through?
  • Liberal Democrat
    Colorado Springs, CO
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    I've been following it but only because I'm planning a trans Atlantic flight. The 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland resulted in some 100,000 flight cancellations over an eight day period. The biggest concern right now from Bardarbunga is flooding. Hope that's the worst of it.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    The same here; my wife is traveling to Europe as well a friend of us; so wait and see. Anyway if you're up there the "ice bucket: challenge is huge; it will be raining ice!!