Huge holes up to 1,300 feet in width have opened in Vatnajokull. One of the biggest glaciers in Iceland is said to be melting away like an ice cream in summer.
SEISMIC ACTIVITY HAS BEEN ENHANCED LEADING TO GLACIAL FLOODING Vatnajokull is Europe’s second biggest glacier, and it is spread out over 8% of Iceland and many volcanoes. During the past few years, there has been a seismic activity that has enhanced, and this has led to many glacial floods in the region.
Now the region is seeing holes that are over 1300 feet in width along with being many hundreds of feet deep appearing within the ice. ICELAND: MASSIVE HOLES CAUSES BY VIOLENT VOLCANIC ERUPTION OPEN UP IN GLACIER.
The cavities in the ice mean that the ground lying beneath the glacier is exposed for the very first time in many hundreds of years, or perhaps in thousands of years, ever since the glacier was formed.
Scientists are now worried and said that it is important to be vigilant against creating more calderas, which boost the chances of there being a glacial flood.
The floods, known in Iceland as Jokulhlaup, happen when the dam fails if it contains a glacial lake. They can occur due to the built up pressure. However, they are far more likely to be caused by an earthquake or a volcanic eruption, which occurred in 2010 when the volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted.
RESIDENTS OF ICELAND PLANNING FOR NEXT CATASTROPHIC ERUPTION While there is something strange happening on the biggest glacier in Iceland, exactly what it means no one knows. This has left the people of Iceland planning for the very next catastrophic volcanic eruption.
It was said that Katla erupted last time in 1918 and never before has it been known for 99 years to go by without there being an eruption from a volcano.
The last ten eruptions happened between September and November, and this was during a glacial melt. With there being a seismic activity that has increased during this summer the people of Iceland are now watching the smallest of signs of any eruption.
None of the volcanoes is more closely watched than Katla, out of the 30 volcanoes that are active.
It was said that on average a major volcanic event in Iceland occurs every five years. The last eruption was the Eyjafjallajökull eruption, and this occurred in 2010, and it created a cloud of ash that saw over 10 million people stranded.