The eruptions and ash disturbance from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano might be waking up its neighbor, Katla. If this is the case, the results could be globally devastating. Activity at Katla has risen 200% in the last two days.
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The earthquake build up since the beginning of the year and subsequent eruptions at Eyjafjallajokull seem to be triggering the larger neighboring volcano, Katla. For the last two days, Katla has shown a dramatic 200% rise in activity. Geophysicists at Iceland’s Institute of Earth Sciences call Katla a vicious volcano that will be locally and globally damaging.
Katla’s last eruption started in 1821, along side an eruption at Eyjafjallajokull. Katla has a pattern of erupting in sequence with Eyjafjallajokull. However, Katla is different. It is much larger and it will make the present eruptions in Iceland look mild in comparison. Scientists say that although Eyjafjallajokull eruptions are less frequent, Katla eruptions are significantly worse and larger. Historically, Katla has been shown to wake up whenever Eyjafjallajokull does, and sometimes on its own. This is why it is believed that Katla will erupt and it will be soon. Due to the up tick in activity, the locals believe that Katla will erupt in approximately 7 days.
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