Just when you thought this Miserable year Couldn’t throw us any more. Let that be a lesson, guys, it could always get worse.
In any case, you might remember the last time Grímsvötn erupted, as it only returned in 2011 and resulted in the halting of about 900 flights.
At least nobody is going anywhere at this point so it’s no big deal, is it?
It wasn’t quite the same as when the attractively named Eyjafjallajökull volcano returned to its boom in 2010 and left 100,000 flights on deck.
In any case, Grímsvötn is larger than that, and covered in ice on top. People who have looked at these types of seismic tricks noticed that something appeared to be pushing away inside the bowels of an ancient volcano.
This seismic activity could mean that magma is swelling in it, and it could soon erupt into the world.
Dr Dave McGarvey, a volcanologist at Lancaster University, wrote in Conversation: “The increased thermal activity has caused more ice to melt and there has also been a recent increase in earthquake activity.”
All this underground nonsense points to the conclusion that they are forming for something. The next indicator will be an “intense swarm of earthquakes lasting for a few hours” indicating upward movement of magma.
The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) has already upgraded the flight color code from green to yellow in preparation for whatever happens.
This is because they anticipate disrupting air travel may be possible.
The IMO statement says: “Multiple data sets now indicate that Grímsvötn volcano has reached a level of turbulence.”
Dr. McGarvey continued: “If Grimsvoten’s previous pattern of large occasional eruptions continued with more small volcanic eruptions in the future, then the next eruption should be small (since there was a large eruption in 2011).
Since it is covered in ice, volcanic eruptions for this particular volcano are usually not that bad. The emissions collide with the ice and huddle together, which means there are few fine particles flying towards the sky to annoy the pilots.
“Ash clouds travel only a few dozen kilometers from the site of the explosion,” said McGarvey.
“This is a good scenario for Icelanders as well as for air travel, as it prevents the formation of large ash clouds that could drift off and block the airspace.”
Maybe it wasn’t that bad, after all?