Iceland volcano: Could Katla erupt and will another ash cloud disrupt European flights?

Should Katla do so, it has the potential to dwarf the impact of the nearby Eyjafjallajokull volcano that blew its top in April 2010, creating an ash cloud that grounded flights across Europe and caused chaos in airports around the world. Katla stands 1,512 metres tall but lies partially buried beneath 700 metres of the Myrdalsjokull glacier. It last erupted in October 1918 and is seemingly long overdue a repeat, having previously been relied upon to do so approximately once every 50 years. “There is no way of telling when it will erupt, just that it will,” Sarah Barsotti of the Icelandic Meteorological Office said, adding that the extent of possible disruption to air travel “depends on the intensity of the eruption and the direction of the winds at the time,” she added. - -



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