While the blogosphere has been erupting over the Wagner – Trenberth – Spencer debacle, the most dangerous volcano in iceland has been starting to rumble again, with many earthquakes in its vicinity fuelling speculation that a big eruption is on the cards.
According to website Clickgreen.org.uk the Icelandic Government has approved a series of risk assessment exercises after scientists warned of major volcanic eruptions occurring every two to seven years.
The news comes as observers report strengthening earthquakes and harmonic tremors around Katla, which signify an increasing risk of an imminent eruption.
Tonight, experts have confirmed the start of pulses of harmonic tremors, which follows 48 hours of intensifying earthquakes and tremors.
Although earthquakes around Katla are common, an increase in cluster earthquakes is not.
“It’s one of the most feared volcanos, so we’re closely monitoring it,” said Pall Einarsson of the University of Iceland. “That said, it’s normal for earthquakes to be detected around Katla. What’s a bit unusual is that we’re seeing swarms of small earthquakes, some occurring every 10 minutes or so.”