What Will Be The Next Volcano to Erupt?

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An Icelandic Volcano which has been dormant for 200 years has erupted causing a large fissure in a field of ice to form.

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The eruption near Eyjafjallajoekull glacier, 75 metres east of Reykjavik, began to erupt just over the weekend sending lava one hundred metres into the air and it is still erupting.

The eruption meant caused Icelandic airspace to close with flights being diverted as well closing roads. About 500 people were also moved from the area although they have since been allowed to return to their homes, and only inhabitants of 14 farms are still obliged to stay away and there have been no injuries or damage to property so far.

The area, called Fimmvorduhals, is a popular walking path lying over a mountain pass and now geophysicists expect that the volcanic eruption might last for weeks, even months.

Haraldur Sigurdsson, one of Iceland’s most acclaimed volcanologists, visited the scene yesterday and does not that that the eruption will grow in volume or that other fissures will open up. "I believe what we see now is the way it’s going to be, little lava, which will flow for a few weeks, maybe months, and then it will be over. But, who knows? We just have to keep following it."

Adding that "It is fortunate that it is in an area where there is little danger so it will probably just be a tourist eruption."

Historically eruptions in Eyjafjallajoekull have triggered eruptions in the much more powerful Katla, which is about 12 miles east of the current eruption. If Katla were to erupt it would cause widespread flooding from melting glacier ice. However, there are no immediate signs that the eruption in Eyjafjallajokull has caused any changes in Katla.

Adding that "It is fortunate that it is in an area where there is little danger so it will probably just be a tourist eruption."

Paddy Power are currently running a book on which will be the next volcano to erupt. Their favourite is Mount Unzen which is part of an active volcano group on Japan’s southernmost main island. They are offering odds of 28/1 that Mt Etna or Vesuvius will be the next to erupt.

All odds correct at time of writing and are subject to change.

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