Volcanic Region Gets Hot After Being ‘Inactive for Many Centuries’

A region of Iceland is erupting for the first time in 800 years, raising concern of disruptions in air travel for centuries to come.

The Guardian of London reported that since Jan. 21, the Reykjanes peninsula southwest of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, has experienced more than 8,000 earthquakes. About 10 centimeters of land has risen due to magma intrusions underground, the paper said.

“It seems that after being relatively inactive for many centuries, this region is waking up,” Lancaster University volcanologist Dave McGarvie told the Guardian.

The area is fed by five volcanic systems, the Guardian said, “which seem to come to life in a coordinated way roughly every 1,000 years.” . . .

Meanwhile, Indonesia’s Krakatoa volcano erupted over the weekend, sending ash almost 10 miles into the sky. (Read more from “Volcanic Region Gets Hot After Being ‘Inactive for Many Centuries'” HERE)

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