Iceland poised for potential volcanic eruption: Flights cancelled

After experiencing an intense earthquake deep beneath Bárðarbunga on Saturday which is the biggest volcano complex of Iceland, the danger now prevails in the region from a sudden eruption of a volcano. For already being familiar with the volcanoes and their destructive moves, Iceland is prepared to face this situation with adequate emergency steps for safety.

As safety and precautionary measures, Icelandic Met Office raised its aviation color code to orange which is to signify a “heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption.” Although there is no evidence yet showing the magma moving toward the surface but that will not do to settle the emergency situation as the volcano may explode just at anytime without any news.

The ferocity of the volcanic explosion may be of any level dispensing ash and pumice in any big or small quantity in an unknown force. The flood of lava coming out of the volcano may be of any force and quality, but it is supposed that it will flow through the glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum in the northeast of Iceland.

To take an account of the precautions and the safety measures adopted by the defense officials, Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson met them on Monday. The roads that fall near the remote volcano are being closed, a Civil Protection Uncertainty Phase has been declared by the National Commissioner of Police, surveillance of the volcano is increased, additional seismic monitors are being deployed through helicopters by the Icelandic Coast Guard and the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service has placed webcam to constantly monitor the activities taking place in the volcano.

The reasons for giving the matter so much of weight is that it is this Bárðarbunga volcano which has erupted more lava in the past 10,000 years than any other volcano on the planet. It was more than 100 years ago when this volcano erupted last time.

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