Iceland's Met Office: 2 earthquakes rock our largest volcano
- Author: Zachary Reyes Sep 10, 2016,
Sep 10, 2016, 13:59
Katla, in southern Iceland, was rocked by quakes of magnitude 4.5 and 4.6 overnight. The last time it erupted, back in 1918, Katla belched out ash and gasses for over five weeks.
Mr Roberts explained that there is a large ice cap covering the volcano, which should contain the lava for up to 90 minutes in the event of an eruption.
Seismologist Martin Hensch at the Icelandic Met Office told mbl.is that between ten and 15 aftershocks followed the quake. The Office released a report in July saying 100 shallow earthquakes had already happened this past summer, four times the monthly average.
If Iceland's Katla volcano does erupt in the near future, the monstrous volcano has the potential of doing serious and substantial damage.
It was reported that the Icelandic volcano managed to shoot the ash a staggering 11km into the atmosphere.
GETTYIceland's Met Office has warned that the volcano Katla is on the verge of erupting
Holidaymakers are braced for potential chaos in case there's a repeat of the eruption in 2010 when Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano caused 100,000 flights across the United Kingdom to be disrupted.
Gudmundsson says 'people have been waiting for an eruption for 50 years'.
The most recent eruption began in August 2014, and lasted until February 2015. The volcano sustained similar movements in 2011. The eruption sent a huge cloud of ash and smoke into the sky, interrupting air travel once again. However, Katla has experienced some smaller eruptions over the years.
"More than 100 shallow-seated earthquakes have been detected in Katla caldera since 1 June 2016, which is nearly four times the monthly average compared to previous years".
Two magnitude 4.5 earthquakes shook the area early Monday morning.