Iceland’s volcanoes Hekla, Grímsvötn, Bárðarbunga and Katla are all preparing for eruption

Four of Iceland’s main volcanoes all preparing for eruption:

According to geophysicist Páll Einarsson, four of Iceland’s volcanoes are showing increased amounts of activity in preparation for another eruption.

Katla is the most active that it’s ever been in four decades. “Katla has been unrestful since this autumn.”

The other volcanoes showing increased activity are Hekla, Grímsvötn and Bárðarbunga

H/t reader kevin a.

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Iceland: Massive Volcano Eruption Shuts Main Airport (Video)

5/22/2011 — MASSIVE eruption at Iceland Volcano Grimsvotn — watch in HD

This is an airplane shot of the large eruption in Iceland yesterday afternoon. The volcano, Grimsvotn, projected a very large plume of ash high into the atmosphere, and was captured in HD by this Icelander.

movie is free for download over at the Icelandic public television website:

http://www.ruv.is/frett/nyjar-myndir-fra-grimsvatnagosinu


Keflavik airport closed after Grimsvotn volcano erupts, but ash plume not expected to cause widespread travel disruption


Ash rises from the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland. Photograph: Halldora Kristen Unnarsdottir/AP

Iceland has closed its main international airport after a volcanic eruption sent a plume of ash, smoke and steam 12 miles into the air.

The airport and air traffic control operator Isavia said no flights were taking off or landing at Keflavik airport.

A spokeswoman said the ash plume from the Grimsvotn volcano was covering Iceland, but “the good news is that it is not heading to Europe”. She said it was blowing north-west toward Greenland instead.

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