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Volcano Eyjafjallajokull erupting in 2010 - Image from scienceblogs.com

Icelandic volcano sparks ash cloud fears

[ 0 ] October 14, 2011

Remember the ash cloud? Well, another volcano in Iceland is threatening to erupt – and experts fear it could dwarf last year’s natural disaster.

Seismologists are watching rumblings beneath a volcano named Katla on the southern edge of Iceland where several small earthquakes have been detected.

Volcano Eyjafjallajokull erupting in 2010 - Icelandic volcano - ash cloud 2010 -image from scienceblogs.com

Volcano Eyjafjallajokull erupting in 2010 - Image from scienceblogs.com

‘It is definitely showing signs of restlessness,’ Pall Einarsson, a professor of geophysics at the University of Iceland, tells the Daily Mail.

Worringly, Katla has a larger magma chamber than Eyjafjallajokull – the volcano responsible for last year’s ash cloud – and experts fear it could cause havoc if it erupts.

Disaster officials are now preparing evacuation plans and have set aside temporary housing but it’s thought residents would only have about an hour to flee…

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